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OxfordshireChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Contents

July 2017

Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles

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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. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.1.1 Early Help Assessment  
1.1.2 Oxfordshire Threshold of Needs Matrix Updated


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Guidance for Convening a Strategy Discussion on Open Cases where there has been a Safeguarding Incident  
1.2.3 Assessments Updated
1.2.4 Protocol for Using the Single Assessment Process  
1.2.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures  
1.2.6 Assessment (Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures Manual)  
1.2.7 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams - under review  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.3.2 Guidance for Child in Need cases needing to be Escalated to Child Protection Case Conference where there has been no Specific Incident  


 

1.4

Child Protection and Family Support

 
  Child Protection Conferences (Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures Manual)  
  Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker Role (Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures Manual)  
  Child Protection Conferences (Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures Manual)  
  Children Cared for by Relatives and Friends Outside the Looked After System  


 

1.5

Court 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 / Legal Panel Updated
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 Templates for Reports for Court  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing Policy Updated


 

1.7

Miscellaneous

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.7.2 Safer Transport Policy  
1.7.3 Trafficking Protocol New
  See also Documents Library  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records Updated
2.4 Assessment Teams Using Family Support Workers for Short Term Work  
2.5 Management of Child Protection Assessments on Open Cases where Children are Admitted to John Radcliffe Hospital  
2.6 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
2.7 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations New

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 Updated
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Children's Disability Service and the Multi Agency Priority Panel Process - Eligibility Criteria and Service Allocation Guidelines for Community Support/Short Break Care  


 

3.2

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 UASC Protocol for School Admissions  


 

3.3

Children who go Missing

 

3.3.1

Children Missing from Care, Home and Education (Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures Manual)  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 Joint Housing Protocol for Assessing and Supporting Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds in Oxfordshire  
3.4.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
3.4.3 Intentionally Homeless Families  
3.4.4 Homeless EU and EEA National Families  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  

 

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 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Assessing Family and Friends Options for Looked After Children  
4.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
4.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.6 Disruption Meetings (Foster/Residential Placements)  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
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 New
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.2.11 Delegated Authority and Decision Making Process for Placements of Looked After Children  
4.2.12 Treatment Foster Care - Oregon (formerly MTFC)  
  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  
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 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
4.3.7 Resolution and Escalation Process  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents, Siblings and Other Relatives / Friends  
4.4.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  


 

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 Updated


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  


 

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  
4.8.2 Pathway Plans and Reviews  
4.8.3 Staying Put  
4.8.4 Financial Policy for ERFR in Independent Living  
4.8.5 Care Leavers Higher Education Policy  
4.8.6 Staying Put Post 18 Years Financial Policy  
4.8.7 Care Leavers 21-25 Years Returning to Employment, Education or Training  
4.8.8 Setting Up Home Allowance  
  See also Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Documents Library  


 

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 New
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody Updated
  See also Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Statement of Purpose  
5.1.2 Fostering Recruitment Policy  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers Updated
5.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.5 Altering the Approval of a Foster Carer and Exemptions  
5.1.6 Smoking and Health Policy for Foster Carers, including Connected Persons  
5.1.7 Guidelines for Medical Advisers and Social Workers regarding Adult Applicants for Adoption and Fostering who have been found to have a BMI above 25  
5.1.8 Fostering Panel  
5.1.9 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
5.1.10 Training of Foster Carers  
5.1.11 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.12 Fostering Plus  
5.1.13 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
5.1.14 Complaints, Allegations or Serious Concerns about Standards of Care in Relation to Foster Carers or Members of their Household Updated
5.1.15 Relief for Foster Carers  
5.1.16 Foster Carer Records: Purpose, Format and Content  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Adoption Statement of Purpose  
5.2.2 Oxfordshire's Adoption Recruitment Policy  
5.2.3 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.4 Adoption Panel Updated
5.2.5 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.6 Adoption Support  
5.2.7 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.9 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.10 Complaints, Allegations or Serious Concerns about Standards of Care in Relation to Prospective Adopters or Members of their Household or Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.11 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.12 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.13 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.14 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.15 Intermediary Services  
5.2.16 Oxfordshire County Council Letterbox Service Updated
  See also 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 Updated
5.3.2 Special Guardianship Support  
5.3.3 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Updated

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
6.4 Amendments