Procedures



1. All Children

1.1

Core Documents

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  


 

1.2

Case Management and Recording

 
1.2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.2.2 Case Records and Retention  
1.2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
1.2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
1.2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
1.2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated
1.2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


 

1.3

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.3.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.3.2 Social Care Staff: Confidential Reporting Policy (Whistleblowing)  


 

1.4

Child Voice

 
1.4.1 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.4.2 Direct Work Tools/Guidance  
1.4.3 Life Story Books Guidance  


2. Early Help/Contact and Referrals

2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
2.2 Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) Services  
2.3 West Sussex Threshold Guidance and Continuum of Need  


3. Assessment and Planning

3.1 Assessments  
3.2 Capacity and Consent Updated
3.3 Family Network Meetings  


4. Child in Need

4.1 Child in Need Plans  
4.2 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated
4.3 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.4 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
4.5 Relinquished Children  
4.6 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  
4.7 Young Carers  
4.8 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  


5. Child Protection

5.1 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
5.2 Children Who Go Missing/At Risk of Exploitation  
5.3 Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures  
5.4 West Sussex SCP Guidance  


6. Pre Proceedings and Court Work

6.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
6.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
6.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings Updated
6.4 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:

 


7. Children Looked After

7.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
7.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children Looked After  
7.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
7.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
7.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
7.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
7.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After  


 

7.2

Placements

 
7.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
7.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
7.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
7.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
7.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
7.2.6 Out of Area Placements Updated
7.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
7.2.8 Placements in Other Arrangements New
7.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
7.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
7.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

7.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
7.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After  
7.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
7.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
7.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
7.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
7.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
7.3.7 Quality Assurance  


 

7.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
7.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
7.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

7.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
7.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
7.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

7.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
7.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
7.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
7.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
7.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention Updated


 

7.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
7.7.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
7.7.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Child Looked After  


8. Youth Offending

  See also: Youth Justice Partnership National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
  and YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  
8.1 Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
8.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


9. Children with Disabilities

9.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
9.2 Direct Payments  
9.3 Short Breaks Updated
9.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
9.5 Mental Capacity  
9.6 Deprivation of Liberty  


10. Kinship and Connected Carers

10.1 Family and Friends Care Policy, Procedures and Guidance  
10.2 Private Fostering  
10.3 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
10.4 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  


11. Fostering

  See also: WSCC Adoption and Fostering Website  
11.1 Fostering Panel  
11.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
11.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
11.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
11.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
11.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
11.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


12. Adoption

  See also: WSCC Adoption and Fostering Website  
12.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
12.2 Adoption Panel  
12.3 Placement for Adoption  
12.4 Adoption Support  
12.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
12.6 Adoption Reviews  
12.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
12.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
12.9 Inter Country Adoption  
12.10 Non Agency Adoption  
12.11 Adoption Case Records  
12.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
12.13 Intermediary Services  
12.14 Later Life Letters  
12.15 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


13. Preparation for Adulthood and Leaving Care

13.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
13.2 Staying Put  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After and Young People in Custody  


14. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

14.1 Scheme of Delegated Decision Making  
14.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
14.3 Social Work Learning Resources  
14.4 West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (WSSAB)  
14.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
14.6 Supervision Policy  
14.7 Amendments