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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. Quality and Purpose of Care
  2. Children's Views, Wishes and Feelings
  3. Education
  4. Enjoyment and Achievement
  5. Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  6. Positive Relationships
  7. Protection of Children
  8. Leadership and Management
  9. Care Planning

1. Quality and Purpose of Care

  Residential Child Care - Key Principles  
  Statement of Purpose  
  Children's Guide  
  Providing Personalised Care  
  Information Sharing  
  Case Recording  
  Consents and Delegated Authority  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  

2. Children's Views, Wishes and Feelings

  Communication Tools  
  Contact with Parents/Carers, Siblings and Others  
  Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
  Safe Use of the Internet, Social Media and Photographs  
  Social Worker Visits  
  Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
  Access to Records  

3. Education


4. Enjoyment and Achievement

  Holidays and School Trips  
  Transporting Children  
  Leisure and Activities  

5. Promoting Health and Wellbeing

  Health Care Assessments and Plans  
  Health and Wellbeing, Health Notifications and Access to Services  
  Sexual Health and Relationships  
  Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs)  
  Provision and Preparation of Meals  
  Drugs and Substance Misuse  
  Smoking and Alcohol  
  First Aid, Home Remedies and Medication  
  Clothing, Pocket Money and Allowances  

6. Positive Relationships

  Key Worker Guidance  
  Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management  
  Use of Restraint and Physical Interventions  
  Searching Children/Bedrooms  
  Countering Bullying and Peer Abuse  
  Offending and Anti-Social Behaviour – Guidance on when to Involve the Police  

7. Protection of Children

  Relationships and Physical Contact with Children  
  Recognising Abuse and Neglect  
  Safeguarding Children and Young People and Referring Safeguarding Concerns  
  Missing Children  
  Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
  Safeguarding Children from Radicalisation and Extremism  
  Allegations Against Staff  
  Whistleblowing policy (confidential reporting)  
  Complaints by and On Behalf of Children  
  Role of Appropriate Adults  
  Self-Harming and Suicidal Behaviour  
  Visitors to the Home  
  Surveillance and Monitoring  
  Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines  

8. Leadership and Management

  Monitoring and Review  
  Notification of Serious Events  
  Staff Qualifications  
  Staff Supervision and Support  
  Lone Working  
  Staffing Levels, Rotas and Handover  
  Gift Giving and Receiving  
  Daily Routine and House Rules  
  Sleeping In and Night Security  

9. Care Planning

  Placements and Admissions  
  Care and Placement Planning  
  Emergency Placements and Emergency Reviews  
  Placement Planning Meetings  
  Looked After Reviews and Disruption Meetings  
  Preparation for Leaving Care  
  Moving to Another Placement