ALL STAFF AND FOSTER CARERS PLEASE NOTE:
Before proceeding to the body of the manual, please read this page which explains how the manual works.
If you have any questions, please talk to your Manager or Supervising Social Worker.
- Glossary and National Contacts
- Regulatory Compliance
- Register for Updates
- Printing and Retaining Copies
- Browser Recommendations
- Mobile/Tablet Compatibility
This manual contains all of our key policies and procedures, listed in the Contents List.
The procedures are sub divided into several Sections e.g. Section 1: Policies, Values and Principles.
When you have read this guide, start by familiarising yourself with the Contents List and the Procedures listed under each section.
If you are unable to find a Procedure use the Search function on the left hand side of the screen or 'ctrl f' when on the Contents List.
You may also wish to consult your Manager or Supervising Social Worker.
This manual contains a resource section which can be accessed via the resources tab at the top of the screen. This has links to the Glossary and Contacts – see Section 4, Glossary and National Contacts below, Local Resources which is populated and maintained locally (this contains links to relevant LSCB's) and tri.x Briefings.
This manual will be updated in October 2022.
4. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures users.
5. Regulatory Compliance
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your Manager.
We have used the following terms and post titles:
|Supervising Social Worker||This means the allocated, suitably qualified social worker who is responsible for supervising and supporting carers.|
|Child's Social Worker||This means the allocated social worker from the Placing Authority who is responsible for managing the child's case.|
|Placing Authority||This means the Local Authority with overall responsibility for the child's care.|
|Fostering Service||This means the service provided by the fostering agency.|
|Fostering Service Manager||This means the Registered Manager of the service provided by the fostering agency.|
|Placement Plan||This is the documentation drawn up by the child's social worker before the placement wherever possible (or where this is not possible, within 5 working days of the placement) which sets out in detail the arrangements for the child's care in the foster placement.|
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10. Printing and Retaining Copies
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11. Browser Recommendations
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