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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. Children in Care
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Staffing and Supervision
  7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

Caption: Contents 1


Policy, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation
1.1.3 Capacity and Consent  
1.1.4 Equality and Diversity  
1.1.5 Children's Social Care Protocol for Supporting Staff Working with Parents/Carers Who Need Additional Support and Support Plan  
1.1.6 Barnsley Children’s Services Practice Standards  
1.1.7 Visiting Framework (Barnsley Childrens Social Care)  
1.1.8 Dangerous Dogs Practice Guidance (Barnsley Safeguarding Partnership) New



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Early Help in Barnsley  
1.2.2 Barnsley Thresholds for Intervention - Early Help and Beyond  
  See also: Early Intervention - Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Child and Young Person Assessment  
1.3.3 Barnsley Assessment Framework  
1.3.4 Contextual Safeguarding  
1.3.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
1.3.6 Person Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure
(Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Child Protection Policies and Procedures)
1.3.7 Step Down from Social Care to Early Help Services Protocol  
1.3.8 Procedure for the Transfer of Cases between Teams  



Child in Need

1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  



Legal 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 Gateway/Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Practice Guide - The Use of Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 in the Context of Child Protection  
1.5.5 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: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention (GOV.UK) and Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS)  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Barnsley MBC Corporate Whistleblowing Policy
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1.7.1 Action to be Taken following the Death of, or Serious Injury to, a Child (including Children in Care)  



Missing Children

1.8.1 South Yorkshire Children Missing from Home and Care Protocol (2021)  
1.8.2 Responses to Children Missing from Home and Care - Flowchart  

2. Case Management and Recording

Caption: Contents 21
2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

Caption: Contents 3


Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  
  See also: Transitions Protocol and Disabled Children's Team Criteria for Referral and Assessment  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  



Children from Abroad

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




3.4.1 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Olds who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  



Family and Friends Care

3.5.1 Family and Friends Care / Kinship Care Updated
3.5.2 Recognising and Assessing Private Fostering Arrangements New



Young Carers

3.6.1 Young Carers Updated



Relinquished Children

3.7.1 Relinquished Children  



Mental Health

3.8.1 Aftercare Under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated

4. Children in Care

Caption: Contents 4


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Barnsley Placement and Sufficiency for Children in Care - 2020-2023  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After  
4.1.3 Care Planning  
4.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care  
  See also: NICE Guideline - Looked After Children and Young People  




  See also: Placement Sufficiency, Oversight and Resource Panel (PSORP) - Terms of Reference  
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
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  
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  



Monitoring and Reviews

4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
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  



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)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Supporting the Education and Promoting the Achievement of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children New
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
4.5.3 Risk Assessment and Planning  
4.5.4 Health and Safety Updated
4.5.5 Leisure Activities  



Health and Wellbeing

4.6.1 Health Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Providing Personalised Care  
4.6.4 Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management  
4.6.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint  
  See also: Promoting Wellbeing and Positive Identity for a Child or Young Person Who is Looked After: A Quick Guide for Social Workers and Social Care Practitioners (SCIE)  



Change of Name and Marriage

4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage / Civil Partnership of a Child in Care  



Leaving Care and Transition

4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care in Custody  



Children Involved in the Youth Justice System

  See also: Strategy for Reducing the Proportion of Looked After Children who Enter the Youth Justice System in Barnsley  
4.9.1 Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care in Custody  
4.9.3 Children Involved in the Youth Justice System: Additional National Guidance  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

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Fostering Services

  See also: Barnsley Foster Carers Handbook  
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Training and Development of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Barnsley Foster Carer Handbook  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption/Early Permanence Placements  
  and Foster Carers and Adopter's Smoking (including Smoking Guidance for Foster Carers and Adopters)  



Adoption and Permanence Services

  Please note: One Adoption South Yorkshire - One Adoption South Yorkshire is Barnsley Children's Service's Regional Adoption Agency. All other policies and procedures relating to adoption can be found here.  
5.2.1 Adoption Support  
5.2.2 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.3 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.4 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.5 Later Life Letters  
5.2.6 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  



Special Guardianship and Child Arrangements Orders

5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders - under review  
5.3.2 Special Guardianship Order Support  
5.3.3 Child Arrangements Order Allowances  
5.3.4 Barnsley MBC Adoption, Special Guardianship and Child Arrangements Order Allowances Policy  
5.3.5 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

6. Staffing and Supervision

Caption: Contents 6
6.1 Supervision of Staff  

7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

Caption: Contents 7
7.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers (Scheme of Delegation)  
7.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE)  
7.3 Ofsted Inspection Framework  
7.4 Amendments