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Milton Keynes 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. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.2 Consultation Policy  
1.1.3 Children’s Consultation and Participation  
1.1.4 Equality and Diversity New

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Assessing Need – MK Together  
1.2.2 MK Together Levels of Need when Working with Children, Young People and their Families in Milton Keynes  
1.2.3 Capacity and Consent  
  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  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Local Protocols for Assessment - to follow  
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.5 Case Transfer Policy  

   

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/Planning Meetings  
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: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
  and 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 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
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 Policy  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Milton Keynes City Council Children’s Social Care Recording Policy and Practice Guidance  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.5 Social Work Chronology  
2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 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  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
  See also: Disability Living Allowance Policy for children in the care of Milton Keynes City Council  
4.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

   

4.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
4.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.2.2 Mental Capacity  

   

4.3

Children from Abroad

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

   

4.4

Young Carers

 
4.4.1 Young Carers  

   

4.5

Relinquished Children

 
4.5.1 Relinquished Babies and Children  


5. Looked After Children

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 Risk Assessment and Planning New
5.1.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
5.1.6 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.7 Health and Safety New
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.8 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.9 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.10 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.11 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.12 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.13 Placement with Kinship Carers  
5.1.14 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.15 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.16 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.17 Placements in Other Arrangements New
5.1.18 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.19 Delegated Authority for Children in Foster Care or Residential Settings  
5.1.20 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
5.1.21 Guidance Regarding Pocket Money and Savings for Children and Young People  
5.1.22 Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
  and 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  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegated Authority for Children in Foster Care or Residential Settings  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents, Adults and Siblings Updated
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegated Authority for Children in Foster Care or Residential Settings  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
5.4.2 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  
5.4.3 Leisure Activities New

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Providing Personalised Care New
5.5.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring Updated
5.5.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention Updated
5.5.6 Disability Living Allowance Policy for children in the care of Milton Keynes City Council  
5.5.7 Foster Carers, Adopters Smoking and Electronic Cigarettes Policy  
5.5.8 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated
  See also: Information for Foster Carers about Hepatitis B (HBV)  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.3 Leaving Care Finance Policy  
5.7.4 Supported Lodgings Policy  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

   

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board - Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System  
  See also: Case Management Guidance  
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  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
  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.  
  See also: National Appropriate Adult website  
  See also: Probation Service Management of Young Adults Policy Framework  
  See also: HMPPS Child Safeguarding Policy Framework  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Private Fostering  
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 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
6.1.8 Fostering and Adoption Panel  
6.1.9 Information for Foster Carers about Hepatitis B (HBV)  
6.1.10 When Foster Carers Separate  
6.1.11 Pet Policy and Guidance for Fostering Households  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.12 Allocation of Fostering Social Workers  
6.1.13 Guidance on the Assessment of New Partners within Fostering Households (Changes in the Fostering Household/Circumstances)  
6.1.14 Change of Circumstances  
6.1.15 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.16 Policy for Foster Carer Annual Leave  
6.1.17 Permanent Fostering  
6.1.18 Health and Safety in the Home for Foster Carers  
6.1.19 Foster Carer Recording Policy  
6.1.20 Use of CCTV in Foster Home  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.3 Adoption Support  
6.2.4 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.5 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.6 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.7 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption  
6.2.8 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.9 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.10 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.11 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Intermediary Services  
6.2.13 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.14 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.15 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.16 Later Life Letters  
6.2.17 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.18 Early Permanence Placements  
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  


7. 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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