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Manchester Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

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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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Local Contacts and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.5 Family and Friends Care Policy and Guidance  
  See also: FRG Initial Family and Friends Care - this resource outlines what a viability assessment for family and friend carers should look like, what social workers should consider and how to undertake international assessments.  
  (NOTE: These procedures use the terms Connected Person / Family and Friends Carer / Family and Friends Foster Carer, in accordance with legislation / statutory guidance. Liquid Logic uses the term Kinship Carer.)  
1.1.6 Anti-Fraud and Corruption  
  See also: Whistleblowing  
1.1.7 Children’s Services Practice Standards  
  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  
1.1.8 Children’s Services Supervision Policy  
  See also: North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
1.1.9 Quality Assurance - Quality of Practice  
1.1.10 Capacity and Consent  
1.1.11 Equality and Diversity New

   

1.2

Early Help Assessment and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 A Quick Guide to the Early Help Assessment (EHA)  
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Levels of Need and Response Framework  
1.2.3 Social Work and Early Help Working Together
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
1.2.4 Early Help Resources  
  See: Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership Procedures: Documents Library, Complex Safeguarding Hub Operating Procedures and Complex Safeguarding Hub Memorandum of Understanding.  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals - under review  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Case Transfer Protocol  
  See also: Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership Procedures: Documents Library, Complex Safeguarding Hub Operating Procedures and Complex Safeguarding Hub Memorandum of Understanding.  

   

1.4

Court 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 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)  
1.4.5 Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings – Local Arrangements  
  See also: Cross-border child protection cases: the 1996 Hague Convention (DfE).  
1.4.6 Deprivation of Liberty  
1.4.7 Mental Capacity Act Resource  
  See: Child Arrangements Order and Residence Order Allowance Policy  
  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

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Serious Childcare Incident Notification  
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
  See also: Anti-Fraud and Corruption  
1.6.3 Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and Employers in Health and Social Care (2014)  
1.6.4 Children's social care services: raising concerns with Ofsted  


2. Case Management and Recording

  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  
2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
2.5 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated


3. Prevention and Family Support

  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  
3.1 Child in Need Guidance and Procedure  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 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  
3.4 Child Arrangements Order and Residence Order Allowance Policy  
  See: Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership Procedures: Documents Library, Complex Safeguarding Hub Operating Procedures and Complex Safeguarding Hub Memorandum of Understanding.  
  See also: GM Domestic Abuse Cross Borough Housing Reciprocal Agreement (Local Resources)  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
4.2.3 Manchester Safeguarding Partnership, Modern Slavery & Trafficking  

   
 

See also guidance on:

 

4.3

Cases with a Foreign Element (Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)

 
4.3.1 Cross-border child protection cases: the 1996 Hague Convention (DfE)  
4.3.2 Guidance: The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit  

   

4.4

Cases Crossing Local Authority Boundaries
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)

 
4.4.1 North West Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
4.4.2 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
4.4.3 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
  See also: GM Domestic Abuse Cross Borough Housing Reciprocal Agreement (Local Resources)  

   

4.5

Provision of Accommodation for Children under PACE
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)

 
4.5.1 Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE (Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police)  
4.5.2 Pace Contacts for Greater Manchester  

   

4.6

Young Carers

 
4.6.1 Young Carers  

   

4.7

Missing From Home and Care

 
4.7.1 Missing From Home and Care Procedures and Guidance  


 

4.8

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

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


5. Looked After Children

  (NOTE: These procedures use the term Looked After Child (LAC) in accordance with legislation / statutory guidance. Liquid Logic uses the term CLA Child Looked After (CLA).)  
  See also: Manchester City Council Our Children and Young People's Strategy 2016/2019  
  Our Practice in Manchester  

   

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Decision to Look After Updated
5.1.2 Care Planning Updated
5.1.3 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Early Permanence Policy  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
  (NOTE: These procedures use the term Connected Person, in accordance with legislation / statutory guidance. Liquid Logic uses the term Kinship Carer.)  
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
5.1.17 Terms of Reference for Corporate Parenting Panel  
5.1.18 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
5.1.19 Placements in Other Arrangements  
5.1.20 Risk Assessment and Planning New
5.1.21 Providing Personalised Care New
5.1.22 Health and Safety New
  See: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  

   

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events (External Notifications)  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
5.4.2 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
5.4.3 Leisure Activities New

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management Updated
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint Updated
5.5.5 Policy on Child Care Provision for Infants  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Staying Put  
5.7.3 Leaving Care Financial Policy  
5.7.4 Care Leavers Independence Booklets for Professionals  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Ceasing to Look After a Child  

   

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board - Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and Case Management Guidelines  
5.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.8.3 Manchester Youth Justice Buddy Policy  
5.8.4 Manchester Youth Justice Risk Management Policy  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
  Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE (Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police)  
  Pace Contacts for Greater Manchester  
  National Appropriate Adult website  
  Probation Service Management of Young Adults Policy Framework  
  HMPPS Child Safeguarding Policy Framework  


6. Fostering and Adoption

  See also: Our Practice in Manchester.  

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Fostering Panel Updated
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Training and Development of Foster Carers New
  See: Early Permanence Policy  
  See also: Managing Allegations Against Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Supported Lodgings Providers  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
 

Adoption Service

 
6.2.1 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose  
6.2.2 Customer Care Standards  
6.2.3 Children's Guide to Adoption  
6.2.4 Everything You Need to Know about Being Adopted  
6.2.5 You, Your Child and Adoption Information for Birth Parents  
6.2.6 Adopter Recruitment  
6.2.7 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.8 Second Time Adopters  
6.2.9  Foster Carers Who Wish to Adopt  
6.2.10 Procedure to Change Foster Placement to Adoption Placement  
6.2.11 Adoption Panels Policy  
6.2.12 Adoption Quality Assurance Framework 2018-2020  

   
 

Relinquished Babies

 
6.2.13 Relinquished Babies  

   
 

Placement

 
6.2.14 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.15 Matching and Introductions  
6.2.16 Family Finding  
6.2.17 Family Finding Practice Guidelines  
6.2.18 Procedure for Visiting and Supporting Approved Adopters Awaiting Placement and Reviews  
6.2.19 Referring Children and Adopters to Adoption 22 and the National Adoption Register  
6.2.20 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.21 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.22 Early Permanence Policy  

   
 

Support and Review

 
6.2.22 Adoption Support  
6.2.23 Adopters Guide to Financial Support  
6.2.24 Adoption Support Fund Application Guidance (June 2014)  
6.2.25 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.26 Disruption Policy  
6.2.27 Good Practice Guidance on Payment of Adoption Allowance and One Off Payments  

   
 

Safeguarding

 
6.2.28 Complaints Against Foster Carers and Prospective Adopters  
6.2.29 Managing Allegations Against Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Supported Lodgings Providers  

   
 

Records

 
6.2.31 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.32 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.33 Intermediary Services  
6.2.34 Birth Records Counselling - Access to Records  

   
 

Special Guardianship Orders

 
6.2.35 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.36 Special Guardianship Support Services Policy  
  See also: Policy on Child Care Provision for Infants  

   
 

Court Reports

 
6.2.37 Court Reports in Adoption  

   
 

Miscellaneous

 
6.2.38 Life Story Books  
6.2.39 Later Life Letters  
6.2.40 Letterbox Service  
6.2.41 Guidelines for Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Supported Lodgings Providers for Supporting Looked After Children and Young People who Self-harm  
6.2.42 Health and Safety - Standards and Guidance for Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Supervising Social Workers  
6.2.43 Anti Smoking Policy  


7. Local Contacts and Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.4 Amendments  

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