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List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

AMENDMENT

This listing was updated in June 2017.


Contents

  1. Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)
  2. Agency Decision Make (Fostering)
  3. Adoption Panel Appointments
  4. Adoption Support
  5. Care Plans
  6. Care Proceedings
  7. Change of Name
  8. Contact with Parents
  9. Death or Serious Injury to a Child
  10. Decision to Look After
  11. Emergency Protection Orders
  12. Emigration
  13. Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit
  14. External Placements
  15. Fostering Panel Appointments
  16. Leaving Care
  17. Marriage
  18. Notifications
  19. Passports
  20. Placement Orders
  21. Private Fostering
  22. Secure Accommodation
  23. Special Guardianship
  24. Special Guardianship Support
  25. Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)
  26. Nominated Officer (Fostering for Adoption)
  27. Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)
  28. Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Looked After Child with Connected Person)
  29. Nominated Officer (Placement of a Looked After Child subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)


Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility Post Title and Contact Details

Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on all adoption matters (some of which will be made on the basis of a recommendation of the Adoption Panel).

Post title:

Head of Social Work, Head of Independent Statutory Services, Principal Child & Family Social Worker and Assistant Director for Social Work

Agency Decision Maker (Fostering)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on fostering matters (on the basis of recommendations of the Fostering Panel).

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources, Assistant Director for Social Work, Principal Child & Family Social Worker, Team Manager Fostering

Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Adoption Panel members.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Designated Manager (Adoption Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of adoption support to be provided to children, adopters (including financial support) and their family or birth family members.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Designated Manager (Care Plans)

The manager who can authorise the final Care Plan to be taken before the Court within Care Proceedings.

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title:

Admission to Care Panel

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

The manager who can authorise the change of name of a Looked After Child.

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Contact with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the suspension or termination of contact between a Looked After child and his or her parents (subject to the Court’s approval after 7 days for children on Emergency Protection Orders, Interim Care Orders or Care Orders).

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Death or Serious Injury to a Child)

The senior manager who should be notified in the event of death or serious injury to a child.

Post title:

Children’s Services Leadership Team; Managing Director; Cabinet Members and Deputies. Copies sent to Specialist Adviser Child Protection and NSCB Business Manager

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title:

Admission to Care Panel

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for an Emergency Protection Order.

Post title:

Assistant Director (on call)

Designated Manager (Emigration)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked after child outside England and Wales.

Post title:

Assistant Director for Social Work

Designated Manager (Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit)

The manager who can authorise any exemptions from the usual fostering limit for foster carers living in the local authority area.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Designated Manager (External Placements)

The manager who can authorise placements of Looked After children with external providers of residential care or foster carers from an independent fostering agency.

Post title:

Admission to Care Panel

Designated Manager (Fostering Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Fostering Panel members

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Designated Manager (Leaving Care)

The manager who can approve a Pathway Plan.

Post title:

Team Managers

Designated Manager (Marriage)

The manager who can authorise the marriage of a Looked After child.

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Notifications)

Where a Looked After Child from another local authority has been placed in the area, the manager to whom the notification should be sent.

Post title:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub Manager

Designated Manager (Passports)

The manager who can authorise a passport application for a Looked After child.

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Placement Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for a Placement Order.

Post title:

Heads of Social Work

Designated Manager (Private Fostering)

The manager who can approve assessments of private foster carers, impose requirements on private foster carers or decide to prohibit someone from acting as a private foster carer.

Post title:

Team Manager

Designated Manager (Secure Accommodation)

The manager who can authorise:

  1. A placement of a Looked After child in secure accommodation for up to 72 hours without a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or
  2. An application (to the Secretary of State) for a child under the age of 13;
  3. An application for a Secure Accommodation Order.

Post title:

  1. Director of Children’s Services;
  2. Assistant Director for Social Work or in their absence Director of Children’s Services;
  3. Team Manager to discuss first with their Head of Social Work, who will discuss with Head of Social Work Resources, who will discuss with Assistant Director for Social Work.

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can authorise Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Looked After child.

Post title:

Assistant Director for Social Work

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of special guardianship support to be provided, including financial support to special guardians.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)

The manager who can authorise the change of placement affecting a Looked After child in Key Stage 4.

Post title:

Head of Social Work consulting with the Head of the Virtual School

Nominated Officer (Fostering for Adoption)

The person who can authorise Fostering for Adoption.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child outside the area of the local authority.

Post title:

Assistant Director

Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Looked After Child with Connected Person)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child with a family or friend (‘Connected Person’) who is not already approved as a foster carer.

Post title:

Head of Social Work Resources

Nominated Officer (Placement of a Looked After Child subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child with a parent, person with Parental Responsibility or person who held a Residence Order/Child Arrangements Order specifying with whom the child was to reside immediately before the Care Order.

Post title:

Assistant Director for Social Work

End