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London Borough of BarnetFamily Services Procedures Manual

Contents

Family Services Policies, Values and Principles

Consultation Policy

Voice of the Child

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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

0-19 Early Help

1.1.1 Early Help Locality Hubs  
1.1.2 Barnet Continuum of Help and Support  
1.1.3 Local Assessment Protocol  
1.1.4 Menu of Interventions (Local Document)  
1.1.5 Early Help and DATs One Service Response (OSR)  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Assessments  
1.2.3 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: London Safeguarding Children Procedures  
1.2.4 Barnet Caseload Policy  
1.2.5 Barnet Case Transfer Protocol  
1.2.6 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.2.7 Capacity and Consent Updated


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Children in Need Practice Guidance  


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings Updated
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)  
1.4.5 IRO and Legal Services Protocol  
  See also: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
  See also: Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS)  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing Policy Statement and Procedure  


 

1.6

Notifications

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Guidance  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings Updated
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated

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 Disabled Children Threshold Criteria  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year Olds  
3.3.2 Joint Protocol between Social Care and Housing Options to Address the Needs of Homeless Young People Aged 16 and 17 in Barnet  
3.3.3 The Homeless Reduction Act  


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care - under review New
3.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Safeguarding

 
3.5.1 Domestic Violence  
3.5.2 Family Group Conferences  
3.5.3 Barnet Protocol for the Management of Allegations of Abuse against Adults Working with Children  
3.5.4 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)  
3.5.5 Unborn Protocol  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Child Adolescent Mental Health Services

 
3.7.1 Child Adolescent Mental Health Services  


 

3.8

Relinquished Children

 
3.8.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.9

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty

 
3.9.1 Mental Capacity Act 2005  
3.9.2 Deprivation of Liberty  


 

3.10

Vulnerable Adolescents

 
3.10.1 Vulnerable Adolescents Protocol (Documents Library)  
3.10.2 Gangs (Documents Library)  
3.10.3 Barnet Missing Children Protocol  
3.10.4 Harmful Sexual Behaviour Protocol (Documents Library)  

4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Barnet Placements Sufficiency & Commissioning Strategy (2019 – 2023)  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care Updated
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care Updated
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Placements in Other Arrangements New
4.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.12 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  


 

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 Protocol  


 

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  
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 and Previously Looked After Children  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK New


 

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  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention Updated
4.6.5 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 New


 

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  
4.8.3 Barnet Financial Policy For Care Leavers  
 

See also:

 


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See Youth Offending (Documents Library)  
  See also: Youth Justice Board Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System 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  
4.9.3 Youth Justice Services Court Induction Pack  
4.9.4 Joint Operating Protocol with Barnet, Brent and Harrow Youth Offending Teams  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
  See also: YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering and Adoption Panel - Fostering Services  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Policy for Requesting Financial Assistance by Foster Carers or Connected Persons to facilitate long term placements  
5.1.5 Loft Conversion and Extension Policy  
5.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.7 Supervision, Support and Training of Staff and Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.10 Firearms Policy  
5.1.11 Adopt London North Partnership Agreement  
5.1.12 Adopt London North Information Sharing Agreement  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters (Adoption North London)  
5.2.2 Fostering and Adoption Panel - Adoption and Permanence Services  
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  
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  
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  


 

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