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WakefieldCouncil Children and Young People Service Online Procedures


November 2017

Updated Chapters
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Wakefield Council Children and Young People's Services – Practice Standards (2017)

The Practice Standards which give clear guidance to all Practitioners and Managers in respect of their roles and responsibilities as professionals has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current processes and practice within the Children and Young People's Services.

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

This chapter has been reviewed and updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This chapter has been updated to reflect the DoH, Care and Support statutory guidance which was updated in December 2016 following a court judgment on Ordinary Resident (December 2016). See Section 12, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence for further details.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated.

Wakefield Council Policy and Procedures for the Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds Young People

This document sets out the practical joint working arrangements between the Vulnerable Adults Service, Children and Young Peoples Services and any other agencies that can assist with the housing and support needs of homeless 16 and 17 year olds. It establishes an underpinning principle that all professionals involved with young people will need to work together, in a co-ordinated way to deal effectively with young people who have accommodation needs. The joint protocol recognises that homelessness is damaging to young people's personal, social and economic development and well being. Where possible homelessness should be prevented and all services should focus on ensuring that the young people are supported to remain at home (where safe to do so) or leave in a planned supported manner.

Private Fostering

This guidance has been updated to add clarity to the definition of private fostering in relation to children under 16 who spend more than 2 weeks in residence at school during holiday time.

Placements with Parents

Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement has been updated to add a reminder that the assessment before placement should consider whether the home environment is safe for the child including, where relevant, the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.

Placements with Connected Persons

Section 3, Approval of Immediate Placements of Children Looked After with Connected Persons has been updated to include a reminder that one of matters to be considered when placing a child with a Connected Person should is an initial risk assessment of any pets, together with the environment in which the pet is kept.

Advocacy and Independent Visitors

This guidance has been updated to include a link to the Children's Society 'Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – A Guide for Commissioners'. This guide outlines the legislative requirements placed on local authorities in relation to the provision of advocacy support to Children in Need and Children Looked After.

Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015). Detail concerning the role of the IRO has been revised, including the need for the IRO to be sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child who is looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving when difficulties or issues arise.

Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers

Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been amended to reflect that the Safer Caring Plan should be kept under review and updated when there are any changes in household circumstances (including the addition of any new pets) and when any health and safety issues are identified.

New Chapters and Features
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Child Protection Conference Procedures, Standards and Dispute Resolution Process

This new document sets out the procedure for booking a Child Protection Conference and submitting agency reports. It also provides an overview of the timescales by which conference records will be circulated and core group meetings held, as well as explaining the role of the conference chair in quality assuring conferences and resolving disputes.

Children's Resource and Care and Support Panel and Legal Proceedings Panel

This guidance explains when to use the Resource & Care and Support Panel and how to make a referral. It also summarises the paper work required and the decision making processes involved. The second part of the document provides an overview of the Legal Proceedings Panel, including its key tasks, how to make a referral and the paperwork required.

Next Update: April 2018


(Please note these archived amendments reflect a previous version of the manual).

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