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LutonChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Contents

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.1.1 Panels Operating Across Children's Services within Luton Borough Council  
1.1.2 Early Help Strategy Updated
1.1.2a Early Help Assessment  
1.1.3 Threshold Framework: Luton Safeguarding Children Board  
1.1.4 Supervision Guidance Updated
1.1.5 Using Interpreters With Children and Families New


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 MASH Timescales and RAG Rating Policy  
1.2.3 Assessments  
1.2.4 Luton Protocol for Single Assessments in Children's Social Care  
1.2.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures  
1.2.6 Child Protection – Information Sharing System  
1.2.6 Caseload Policy  
1.2.7 Step-Up and Step-Down  
1.2.8 Written Agreement with Families - Guidance for Practitioners  
1.2.9 Protocol for the Channel Panel in Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Public Law Outline Procedures and Guidance  
1.4.3 Care Management and Resource Panel  
1.4.4 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  
1.4.5 East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Notifications

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.6.2 Need to Know Briefing  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Recording Timescale Framework for Children’s Social Care: LCS Liquidlogic Updated
2.3 Case Records and Retention  
2.4 Access to Records  
2.5 Confidentiality Policy  

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  
  See also: Short Breaks Strategy  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
3.2.2 No Recourse to Public Funds (Disbenefitted Families)  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.3.2 Helping Homeless Young People  


 

3.4

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 
3.4.1 Safeguarding Children who Run Away or Go Missing  
3.4.2 Children Missing from Education  
3.4.3 Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation  
3.4.4 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) - Operating Protocol  
3.4.5 Multi-Agency Gang Panel (MAGPan)  
3.4.6 Business Process For Looked After Children’s Reviews and Care Plan Monitoring  
3.4.7 Joint Protocol on Children Subject to Child Protection Plan Moving Between Local Authority Boundries  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care - under review  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers Strategy  
3.6.2 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Education

 
3.7.1 Elective Home Education (EHE) Policy  
3.7.2 Unregistered Schools Strategy  
3.7.3 Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy For Schools And Education Services  
3.7.4 Ofsted Complaints Protocol: Complaints About Schools from Ofsted Recieved By the LA New


 

3.8

Relinquished Children

 
3.8.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.9

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.9.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.9.2 Mental Capacity  

4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Corporate Parenting Policy  
4.1.3 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
4.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.6 Placement Planning, Stability and Placement Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
 

See also:

Fostering Service Contract Care Policy

Pace Fostering

 
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area 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: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Escalation of Concerns For Looked after Children and Safeguarding (including Dispute Resolution) Procedure  
4.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.7 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 Looked After Children  
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 Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put - under review  
4.8.3 A Young Person's Guide to the Financial Support for Looked After Children Aged 16  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

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

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

  See Luton Borough Council Fostering Statement of Purpose Updated
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Fostering Service Contract Care Policy  
5.1.5 Pace Fostering  
5.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.7 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.10 Fostering Service Smoking Policy New
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

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 Local Contacts Updated
6.2 Scheme of Delegation  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children