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Plymouth Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

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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 - under review  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Supervision Policy  
1.1.5 Plymouth Caseload Policy Updated
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care Policy  
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) - under review  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Assessment  
1.3.2 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
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 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) Updated
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 / Subject Access Requests  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering Updated
3.3 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  
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  
4.1.6 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery 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  
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  
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 Updated
5.1.14 Placements with Parents Updated
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  
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 Updated
5.2.8 Notification of Significant Events Updated

   

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 and Previously Looked After Children Updated
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 Updated
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 - under review  
6.1.2 Fostering Panel  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering New
6.1.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.7 Review and Termination of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Fostering Agency Transfers  
6.1.10 Payments to Foster Carers  
6.1.11 Fostering for Adoption, Dual Process Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

   

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption 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 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Updated
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
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  
7.3 Amendments  

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