Using this Manual
1. About this Manual
The West Sussex Children Services Procedures Manual is produced and maintained in partnership with tri.x. It replaces all previous procedures manuals. The manual is updated on a regular basis and you can register to be alerted to any changes by using the 'Register for Updates' button.
For further details, please contact Amanda Cole Service Development Lead Quality Assurance: Policy, Performance and Practice (email@example.com).
Note: We value the children and young people that we work with. In particular, the children and young people we care for are known as Children Looked After. However, in the context of this manual as the legislation refers to Looked After Children this is the terminology that is used within the procedures. We have changed the chapter headings of a number of the procedures to acknowledge the use of the term Children Looked After.
This manual will be updated on a regular basis and a summary of the changes can be accessed via the 'Amendments' button on the Home page. The next planned update of the manual is November 2022.If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your line manager in the first instance.
3. Procedures, Practice Guidance
This manual contains range of Guidance to support you in your work, which can be accessed via the navigation bar.
- Main Policies - this contains our key policies and ensures that we comply with the law and statutory guidance when safeguarding the needs of the children and families we work with. This guides our social work practice;
- Practice Guidance - contains local guidance, tools and other information that supports and complements our main policies;
- Foster Carer's Handbook - the West Sussex Handbook contains useful information about our service by detailing our policies, procedures and practice standards. It is being developed locally to ensure that we deliver the best outcomes for children, families and carers. Foster carers play an important role in the lives of children in care and their families, so it is important that we have the right systems in place to support this important work;
- West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures cover areas of work that relates to multi-agency child protection process, including guidance on the section 47, child protection processes, core groups etc as well as the areas of concern for example CSE, Missing, Domestic Abuse. You need to read this procedures too;
- MOSAIC - contains "Workflow" and "How to Guides" for specific areas relating to our policies.
4. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.
5. Regulatory Compliance
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.
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