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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 Luton Supervision Framework - Children, Families & Education Directorate  
1.1.5 Using Interpreters With Children and Families  
1.1.6 Capacity and Consent Updated
  See also:

Effective Support for Children and Young People in Luton

Luton Family Network Meetings Guidance (Local Resources)

CSC Induction Programme Booklet


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1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.2.2 MASH Timescales and RAG Rating Policy  
1.2.3 Assessments Updated
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 Case Transfer Policy  
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  
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 Updated
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: Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
1.4.5 East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders  
  See also: Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Children’s Social Care Complaints Procedure Updated
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Notifications

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
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  
2.4 Case Records and Retention  
2.5 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.6 Confidentiality Policy  
2.7 Chronology  
2.8 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.9 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.10 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations New

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

  See also: Local Resources  
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks Updated
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Condition in Long-Term Residential Settings  
  See also: Short Breaks Strategy (Local Resources)  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

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


 

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)  
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  
3.4.8 Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families during COVID-19 Practice Guidance  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care Updated
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

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  
3.7.3 Ofsted Complaints Protocol: Complaints About Schools from Ofsted Received By the LA  


 

3.8

Relinquished Children

 
3.8.1 Relinquished Children Updated


 

3.9

Mental Health

 
3.9.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated


 

3.10

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.10.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.10.2 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  
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 Updated


 

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: Pace Fostering  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care Updated
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements Updated
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated
4.2.11 Placements in Other Arrangements New
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.12 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 Updated
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  


 

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 Updated
4.5.2 Luton's Virtual School Policy for Placing Children in Schools  
4.5.3 Holidays and School Trips in and Outside the UK  


 

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  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

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


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
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 (Local Resources)  
  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 Updated
  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  
  See also: YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England - This Protocol is designed to support the planned and safe movement of young people from youth offending teams (YOTs) to the Probation Service when they turn 18.  

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 (Local Resources)  
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 - under review  
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  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
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 Updated
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 Updated
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 Agency Decision Making Process  
6.3 Scheme of Delegation  
6.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.5 Amendments