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Plymouth Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

May 2018

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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. Children in Care
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Supervision Policy  
1.1.5 Plymouth Caseload Policy New
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care Policy - under review  
1.1.7 Quality Assurance in Children’s Social Care  

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support  
1.2.2 The Plymouth Assessment Framework for Safeguarding Children, Young People and their Families (2016)  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Assessment  
1.3.2 Initial Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams  
1.3.5 Family Group Conferencing Procedure  
1.3.6 Family Support Procedure  
1.3.7 Supervised Contact  

   

1.4

Court Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders (EPO)  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline - under review Updated
1.4.3 Legal Planning and Proof of Evidence Meetings  
1.4.4 Supervision Order Process  

   

1.5

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.5.2 Safeguarding Trafficked Children  
1.5.3 Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism  
1.5.4 Casual Homeworking Guide  

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing Policy  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Considering All the Options  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Children's Services - Retention of Records Table  
2.4 Case Records for Children in Care  
2.5 Access to Records  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations - under review  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering Updated
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds (Responding to Youth Homeless)  
3.4 Missing Young Person's Team Multi Agency Protocol  
3.5 Plymouth Missing Young Persons Team  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Direct Payments  
4.1.2 Short Breaks Procedure  
4.1.3 Children Integrated Disability Service Resource Panel (CHIDS)  
4.1.4 Respite Flowchart  
4.1.5 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery - under review Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  

   

4.3

Young Carers

 
4.3.1 Young Carers  

   

4.4

Relinquished Children

 
4.4.1 Relinquished Children  

   

4.5

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 

4.5.1 Deprivations of Liberty - under review New
4.5.2 Mental Capacity Act  


5. Children in Care

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance - under review Updated
5.1.5 Process for Permanency Decision  
5.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.7 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.8 Matching and Placement  
5.1.9 Placement with Connected Persons  
5.1.10 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.11 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.12 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.13 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.14 Placements with Parents  
5.1.15 Placements outside England and Wales  
5.1.16 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
5.1.17 Residence Order Policy  
5.1.18 Residence Order Procedures  
5.1.19 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  

   

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care Updated
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 The Role of the IRO in Problem Resolution Procedure  
5.2.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.8 Notification of Significant Events  

   

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  

   

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
5.4.1 Selecting a School for Children in Care  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.4 Education of Looked After Children  
5.4.5 Early Years and Transition (Post - 16 years) Education  

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Drug Use Screening Tool Procedure  
5.5.6 Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  

   

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  Charter for Care Leavers (DfE)  
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Staying Put Arrangements  
5.7.3 Care Leavers Transitions  
5.7.4 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
5.7.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.7.6 Staying Put Policy  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Plymouth Foster care Statement of Purpose  
6.1.2 Fostering Panel Updated
6.1.3 Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval - under review  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers - under review  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Foster Carers - under review  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers - under review  
6.1.8 Fostering Agency Transfers New
6.1.9 Payments to Foster Carers  
6.1.10 Fostering for Adoption, Dual Process Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters - under review Updated

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption - under review Updated
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
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 Application for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  


7. Appendices

7.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
7.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.3 Amendments  

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