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West BerkshireChildren's Services Procedures Manual

Procedures

 

 

Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

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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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.1.1 Early Help Strategy  
1.1.2 Threshold Criteria for Children's Services  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.4 Capacity and Consent  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Assessments  
1.2.3 Need and Risk Assessment Framework  
1.2.4 Children and Family Services Single Assessment Standard/Procedure  
1.2.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: West Berkshire LSCP Procedures  
  and Berkshire West SCP Website  
1.2.6 Children and Family Services - Case Transfer Process and Standard  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.3.2 Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989  


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Social Workers Evidence Templates  
1.4.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.4 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.5 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: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers (July 2014)  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Quality Assurance

 
1.6.1 Quality Assurance Framework  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Case Recording and Policy Guidance  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Guidance on Confidentiality  
2.5 Supervision Policy  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.8 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Placing and Visiting Children with SEN  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Short Breaks Services Statement  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

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 Updated


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.6.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
3.6.2 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 and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
4.17 Junior Individual Saving Accounts for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

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


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 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 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK Updated


 

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 of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  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
4.9.3 Appropriate Adults Procedure  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
  See also: Adopt Thames Valley Regional Adoption Agency covering West Berkshire  
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  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.2.17 Relinquished Babies  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
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 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments