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Norfolk 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 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Capacity and Consent  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.5 Equality and Diversity New
  See also: Looking After Someone Else's Child (GOV.UK)  

   

1.2

Family Support Process (FSP) and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Family Support Process  
1.2.2 Norfolk Threshold Guide - A Child Centred Framework for Making Decisions  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Consultation, Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Children's Services Transfer Procedure  
1.3.5 Visits to Looked After Children and Care Leavers  

   

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 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  
1.5.3 Children who go Missing from Home or Care  
1.5.4 Modern Slavery  
1.5.5 Safeguarding Young People in the Armed Forces  
1.5.6 Working with Interpreters and Others with Special Communication Skills  

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Norfolk County Council Whistleblowing Policy  
  Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children's Social Care Services - Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers  


2. Case Management and Recording

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  
2.5 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
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 Young Carers' Needs Assessment  
3.5 Visits to Looked After Children and Care Leavers  


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  
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  

   

4.3

Relinquished Children

 
4.3.1 Relinquished Children  

   

4.4

Mental Capacity Act

 
4.4.1 Mental Capacity  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Decision to Look After Update
5.1.2 Care Planning Updated
5.1.3 Norfolk Children and Young People in Care Sufficiency Strategy Updated
5.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
5.1.5 Permanence Planning for Looked After Children Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.6 Placement Planning and Placement Reflections and Learning Meetings  
5.1.7 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.8 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
5.1.10 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.11 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.13 Placements with Parents  
5.1.14 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
5.1.15 Regulated/ Unregulated Placements / Placements in Other Arrangements Updated
5.1.16 Notifications from other Local Authorities/placement providers of a Looked After Child / Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers Updated
5.1.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.18 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
5.1.19 Risk Assessment and Planning New
5.1.20 Personalised Care New
5.1.21 Health and Safety New
  See: 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 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.2 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.4 Secure Accommodation Reviews  
5.2.5 Notifications of Significant Events for Looked After Children placed with Independent Fostering Agencies or in Children’s Homes / Notifications of Significant Events Updated
5.2.6 Visits to Looked After Children and Care Leavers  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Family Time / Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Updated
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 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
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 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated

   

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  
5.7.3 Visits to Looked After Children and Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

   

5.8

Savings and Funds

 
5.8.1 Junior ISAs for Looked After Children (GOV.UK)  
5.8.2 Child Trust Funds for Looked After Children (GOV.UK)  
5.8.3 Children Who Have Their Own Funds (intranet link)  


 

5.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and Case Management Guidelines  
5.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated
5.9.2 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  
  and YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  
  National Appropriate Adult website  
  Probation Service Management of Young Adults Policy Framework  
  HMPPS Child Safeguarding Policy Framework  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
6.1.2 Fostering Panel Updated
6.1.3 Process to Disqualify an Applicant or a Foster Carer from Fostering / Persons Disqualified from Fostering Updated
6.1.4 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.5 Conflict of Interest (for staff and councillors) in Fostering  
6.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.7 Training and Development of Foster Carers New
6.1.8 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Review of Approval of Foster Carers (including termination and resignation) / Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.11 Concerns About A Foster Carer  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

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


7. Appendices

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

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