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July 2018

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This contents list is sub-divided into the following sections, each Section contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Children in Care
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

1.1

Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  


1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.2 Halton CAF Guidance and Lead Professional Procedures (2017)  
1.2.2 Halton Levels of Need Framework  
1.2.3 Step Up / Step Down Protocol (Halton Safeguarding Children Board)  
1.2.4 Everyone Early Help Strategy 2018 – 2021  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Pan Cheshire Local Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures  
1.3.4 Transfer of Cases between Teams  
1.3.5 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
1.4.2 North West Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers July 2014  
1.5.5 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer Across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Halton Borough Council Whistleblowing Policy (2017) Updated
1.6.3 Halton Borough Council Whistleblowing Guidance for Managers  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death of or Serious Injury to a Child (Child in Care and Child in Need)  


 

1.8

Staffing

 
1.8.1 North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
  See also: Local Resources  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty New
3.2.2 Mental Capacity New


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 Provision of Accommodation 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless or Require Accommodation  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Halton Borough Council Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  

4. Children in Care

  See also: Halton Strategy for Children in Care and Care Leavers

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children in Care  
4.1.2 Decision to Place a Child in Care and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Care for a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Borough Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children and Young People in Care who are in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care Updated
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Children in Care Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Managers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
4.4.2 Social Visits (including Overnight Stays)  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Children in Care  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
4.5.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  See also: Charter for Care Leavers  
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Policy for Young People Leaving Care  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care who are in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Children and Young People in Care who are in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care who are in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements  
5.1.8 Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting)  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Halton Borough Council Adoption Policy  
5.2.2 Adoption Service - Statement of Purpose  
5.2.3 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.4 Adoption Panel  
5.2.5 Placement for Adoption Updated
5.2.5 Adoption Support  
5.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.12 Adoption Case Records Updated
5.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.14 Intermediary Services  
5.2.15 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.16 Later Life Letters  
5.2.17 Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements Updated


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.3 Amendments