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Trafford Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

December 2017

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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

Note: the body of this manual contains policies and procedures. You will find additional local material in the Documents Library – access this using the blue button on the left. This includes the Children’s Social Care Practice Standards.


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Procedure for Updating this Manual Updated
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.4 Consultation Policy  
1.1.5 Children’s Consultation and Participation  
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care Policy Updated
1.1.7 Reflective Supervision Policy  
  See also: North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
1.1.8 Career Progression Policy for Social Workers  
1.1.9 Young Persons Guide to Children and Families Act 2014  
  See also: Children's Social Care Practice Standards in the Documents Library  

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Common Assessment Framework  
1.2.2 Children in Need Framework/Thresholds for Children's Social Care Intervention  
1.2.3 Case Co-ordinator Guidance (Early Family Support)  
1.2.4 Threshold Guidance  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Allocation of Work and Transfer Between Teams - Protocol For Case Responsibility And Transfer Of Cases In Childrens Social Care  

   

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 Directions Hearings  
1.4.5 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse - Local Practice Arrangements  
1.4.6 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure Updated
1.4.7 Greater Manchester Section 36 and Section 7 Reports Protocol New

   

1.5

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
1.6.1 Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting Complaints and Representations Guidance)
(note: this link requires access to the Trafford intranet).
 
1.6.2 Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting Code)
(note: this link requires access to the Trafford intranet).
 
1.6.3 Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and Employers in Health and Social Care (2014)  
1.6.4 Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children’s Social Care Services  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Electronic Case Files and Case File Recording Policy  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Chronology Policy  
2.5 North West Protocol with Greater Manchester Police in Relation to Public Interest Immunity  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
  See also: Recording by Foster Carers  
  and Subject Access Request Policy in the Documents Library  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 North West Children's Improvement Programme: Integrated Early Help Strategy  
3.2 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.3 Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual, Privately Fostered Children Procedure  
3.4 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.5 Young Carers Updated


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1 Pan-Greater Manchester Protocol on Missing Children and Young People  
  See also: The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual, Children Missing from Home and Care - A Standardised Approach to Dealing with Missing and Absent Children and Young People Across Greater Manchester  
4.2 Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  

   

4.3

Children with Disabilities

 
4.3.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.3.2 Direct Payments  
4.3.3 Short Breaks (Involving Overnight Stays)  
4.3.4 Transition Policy  

   

4.4

Children from Abroad

 
4.4.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.4.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
 

See also:

 

   

4.5

Cases Crossing Local Authority Boundaries
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)

 
4.5.1 North West Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure Updated
4.5.2 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure Updated
  See also North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  

   

4.6

Provision of Accommodation for Children under PACE
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding procedures)

 
4.6.1 Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE (Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police)  
4.6.2 Pace Contacts for Greater Manchester Updated


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
  See also: A Practitioners Guide to the Trafford Placement Panel and Requests for External Placements  
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  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.4 Placement Planning and End of Placement Review Meetings  
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.6 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.7 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.8 Placements with Connected Persons – Emergency and Non-Emergency Placements: Procedure and Practice Guidance Updated
5.1.9 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.10 Placements with Parents  
5.1.11 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.12 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.13 Services Available to Looked After Children Placed in Trafford by Other Local Authorities  
5.1.14 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children Updated
5.1.17 Ceasing to Look After a Child  

   

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Passports and Holidays / 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  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Blood Borne Infections/HIV  
  See: Practice Guidance: Supporting Young People with HIV Testing and Prevention  
  See also: Accident / Incident / Illness Report (Foster Care).  

   

5.6

Identity

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

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  See also: Care Leavers Charter  
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers
(note: this link requires access to the Trafford intranet).
 
5.7.3 Looked After Children Joining the Armed Forces  
5.7.4 A Guide to Trafford Council's Staying Put Programme  
  See also: Staying Put Information Leaflet  
  See also additional local information in the Documents Library.  


 

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also 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 Procedure  
  Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE (Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police)  
  Pace Contacts for Greater Manchester  


6. Fostering and Adoption

  See also additional local documentation in the Documents Library.  

6.1

Fostering Services

 
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 Variations  
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  
6.1.8 Foster Carers Becoming Special Guardians  
6.1.9 How to Match a Child with a Foster Carer (Requesting a Placement)
(note: this link requires access to the Trafford intranet).
 
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.10 Storage and Administration of Medicines (Foster Care)  
6.1.11 Recording by Foster Carers  
6.1.12 Health and Wellbeing, Accident / Incident / Illness Report (Foster Care)  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
  Note: you will find supplementary local documentation, such as forms, in the Documents Library.  
6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
6.2.4 Adoption Health and Safety Guidelines  
6.2.5 Adoption Support  
  See also: Guidance on Adoption Allowances and Support  
6.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements - Adoption 22  
6.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.10 Inter Country Adoption Updated
6.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
  See also: Guidance on Special Guardianship Allowances and Support.  
6.2.15 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.17 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.18 Later Life Letters  
6.2.19 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.20 Relinquished Children  


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

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 Designated Managers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.4 Amendments  

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