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LutonChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Contents

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.1.1 Panels Operating Across Children's Services within Luton Borough Council  
1.1.2 Early Help Strategy  
1.1.2a Early Help Assessment  
1.1.3 Threshold Framework: Luton Safeguarding Children Board  
1.1.4 Supervision Guidance Updated
1.1.5 Using Interpreters With Children and Families  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 MASH Timescales and RAG Rating Policy  
1.2.3 Assessments  
1.2.4 Luton Protocol for Single Assessments in Children's Social Care  
1.2.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures  
1.2.6 Child Protection - Information Sharing System - under review  
1.2.7 Caseload Policy  
1.2.8 Step-Up and Step-Down Updated
1.2.9 Written Agreement with Families - Guidance for Practitioners  
1.2.10 Protocol for the Channel Panel in Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough - under review  
1.2.11 Checklist for Cases coming up from Assessment Team  
1.2.12 Family Group Conference Service  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Public Law Outline Procedures and Guidance  
1.4.3 Care Management and Resource Panel  
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)  
1.4.5 East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Notifications

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated
1.6.2 Need to Know Briefing - under review  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Recording Timescale Framework for Children's Social Care: LCS Liquidlogic  
2.3 Family Safeguarding Workbook Policy New
2.4 Case Records and Retention  
2.5 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.6 Confidentiality Policy  
2.7 Chronology  

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  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Condition in Long-Term Residential Settings New
  See also: Short Breaks Strategy  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
3.2.2 No Recourse to Public Funds (Disbenefitted Families)  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 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  
3.3.2 Helping Homeless Young People  


 

3.4

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 
3.4.1 Safeguarding Children who Run Away or Go Missing Updated
3.4.2 Children Missing from Education
(Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures)
 
3.4.3 Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation  
3.4.4 Multi-Agency Gang Panel (MAGPan) - under review  
3.4.5 Business Process For Looked After Children's Reviews and Care Plan Monitoring  
3.4.6 Joint Protocol on Children Subject to Child Protection Plan Moving Between Local Authority Boundries  
3.4.7 Protocol for Forced Marriage  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care - under review Updated
3.5.2 Private Fostering Updated


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Education

 
3.7.1 Elective Home Education (EHE) Policy  
3.7.2 Unregistered Schools Strategy Updated
3.7.3 Ofsted Complaints Protocol: Complaints About Schools from Ofsted Received By the LA  


 

3.8

Relinquished Children

 
3.8.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.9

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.9.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.9.2 Mental Capacity  

4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
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, Stability and Placement Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
 

See also: Fostering Service Contract Care Policy

 
  and Pace Fostering  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.11 PACE BEDS - Guidance for Luton YOS, Bedfordshire Police, Luton Borough Council & EDT Workers  


 

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 Escalation of Concerns For Looked after Children and Safeguarding (including Dispute Resolution) Procedure  
4.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.7 Notifications of Significant Events Updated


 

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 Promoting the Education of Looked-After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Luton's Virtual School Policy for Placing Children in Schools New
4.5.3 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
4.5.4 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

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  
4.8.2 Staying Put - under review  
4.8.3 A Young Person's Guide to the Financial Support for Looked After Children Aged 16  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards 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  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.9.3 A Joint Protocol to reduce the Offending of looked After Children and Their Entry Into the Criminal Justice System  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

  See Luton Borough Council Fostering Statement of Purpose  
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Pace Fostering - under review  
5.1.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Fostering Service Smoking Policy  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Updated
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
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  


 

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 Updated
6.2 Scheme of Delegation  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments