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Sunderland Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

June 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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices, Local Contacts and List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Our Strategy and the Values and Principles of Together for Children  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Supervision Policy  
1.1.5 Social Work Practice Standards 2017-2018)  
1.1.6 Kinship Care (Family and Friends Carers Policy)  

   

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help and Threshold Guidance (September 2017)  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Regional Assessment Framework  
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.5 Transfer of Case Responsibility  

   

1.4

Court Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
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  

   

1.5

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.3 Child Safety Online: A Practical Guide for Parents and Carers whose Children are Using Social Media  

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
1.6.3 Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children's Social Care Services  


 

1.7

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

 
1.7.1 Mental Capacity New
1.7.2 Deprivation of Liberty New


2. Case Management and Recording

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


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Practice Guidance: 16 and 17 year olds who Present as Homeless  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 The Management of Disability Benefits - Children Looked After  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

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

   

4.3

Young Carers

 
4.3.1 Young Carers  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.6 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.8 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.11 Placements with Parents  
5.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.13 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.14 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.15 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
5.1.16 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  

   

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Consortium Policy and Procedure for Secure Accommodation Reviews  
5.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
5.2.7 Need To Know / Notification Policy  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings Updated
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
  See also: The Management of Disability Benefits - Children Looked After.  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  Please also see additional information on Leaving Care and Staying Put in the Documents Library. This includes information such as forms, leaflets and pro-forma letters.  
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Staying Put  
5.7.3 Transition To Adulthood (Leaving Care) Financial Policy, Procedure And Guidance  
5.7.4 Guidance On The Roles And Responsibilities Of Leaving Care Personal Advisers  
5.7.5 Case Transfer From Safeguarding To Leaving Care Service  
5.7.6 Life Skills Assessment And Pathway Planning Checklist  
5.7.7 Preparation for Independence Strategy and Context  
5.7.8 'Other Arrangements' and 'Suitable Accommodation'  
5.7.9 Reviewing Care and Pathway Plans for Eligible, Relevant, Former Relevant and Qualifying Children  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  Ceasing to Look After a Child  

   

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
5.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.2 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  
  Arrest And Detention at Police Stations - The Appropriate Adult Role  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
  See: Fostering Statement of Purpose  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel Constitution and Terms of Reference  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.19 Relinquished Children  


7. Appendices, Local Contacts and List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.4 Amendments  

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