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Wakefield Children's Social Care Services Procedures Manual - Contents

October 2016

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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. Referrals & Assessments
  2. Care Proceedings/Court Orders
  3. Safeguarding
  4. Children with Complex Needs (Disabled Children)
  5. Looked After Services
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Children's Homes
  8. Recording, Case Management and Supervision of Staff
  9. Appendices

1. Referrals & Assessments


Early Help/Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

1.1.1 Multi-Agency Continuum of Need – Supporting Children, Young People and Families (2016)  
1.1.2 Early Help Strategy  
1.1.3 Common Assessment Framework  



Referrals, Assessments and Planning

1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Single Assessment Plan and Practice Guidance  
1.2.3 Signs of Safety Birth Plan  
1.2.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.2.5 Guidance on Challenging Medical Opinion in Section 47 Cases  
1.2.6 Integrated Children's System Guidance  

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

1.2.8 Guidance: Use of Social Networking Sites (Facebook) by Social Care Staff in the Course of Their Work  
1.2.9 Joint Investigation Team Protocol  
1.2.10 Welfare Check Criteria  
1.2.11 Urgent Police Disclosures  

2. Care Proceedings/Court Orders

2.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
2.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
2.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
2.4 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
2.5 Supervision Orders in Care Proceedings  
2.6 Care Plans in Court Proceedings  

3. Safeguarding


Children’s Social Care Safeguarding

3.1.1 Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in the Community or Child in Care  
3.1.2 Transporting Children  
3.1.3 Complaints Procedure  
3.1.4 Whistleblowing  
3.1.5 Telephone Requests for Disclosure of Information About Service Users  
3.1.6 Female Genital Mutilation/FGM
(West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Procedures)
3.1.7 Electronic Monitoring (Tagging of Children and Young People)  
3.1.8 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.1.9 Private Fostering  
3.1.10 Joint Protocol for Children Missing from Home or Care  
3.1.11 Risk Assessment for Children and Young People  



Children from Abroad

3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
3.2.3 Age Assessment of Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers: Practice Guidance  



Domestic Violence and Abuse - under review

3.3.1 Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Operating Protocol  
3.3.2 Additional Role of the Third Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)  
3.3.3 Domestic Abuse and Young People - Guidance for Practitioners  
3.3.4 Safe@Home: Teenage Referral Process (Victim/Perpetrator)  
3.3.5 Safe@Home Process regarding Attendance at Initial Child Protection Conferences  
3.3.6 Safe@Home: Referral Process  
3.3.7 Domestic Violence/Abuse Screening Meeting Process  
3.3.8 Planned and Unplanned Departures from a Domestic Abuse Refuge  



Young Carers

3.4.1 Young Carers  

4. Children with Complex Needs (Disabled Children)

4.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.2 Children With Complex Needs Team  
4.3 Short Breaks  
4.4 Transition: A Professionals Guide  

5. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Accommodation Panel  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning for Looked After Children - Guidance  
5.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Service Placements Process  
5.1.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
5.1.7 Children Placed within Wakefield by another Local Authority  
5.1.8 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.9 Care Plans Guidance  




5.2.1 Risk Assessments Prior to Placements  
5.2.2 Guidance on Section 20 Children Act 1989  
5.2.3 Placements in Foster Care (excluding Short Breaks but including Externally Provided Placements)  
5.2.4 Placements with and Approvals of Connected Persons (including Family and Friends)  
5.2.5 Placements in Residential Care  
5.2.6 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
5.2.7 Placements with "P" (Parents)  
5.2.8 Out of District Placements  
5.2.9 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.2.10 Family and Friends Care Policy  
5.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.3.3 Looked After Children in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated
5.3.4 Looked After Reviews  
5.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.3.7 Notification of Significant Events  



Contact with Family and Friends

5.4.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.4.2 Social Visits and Overnight Stays with Friends  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

5.5.1 Education of Looked After Children  
5.5.2 Approval for Holidays and School/Organisational Trips for Looked After Children  
5.5.3 Guidance from Home Office - Passport Applications for Looked After Children  



Health and Wellbeing

5.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans  
5.6.2 GP's, Dentists and Opticians  
5.6.3 Sexual Health  
5.6.4 Self Harming  
5.6.5 BAAF Practice Note No 53 - Guidelines for the Testing of Looked After Children who are at risk of a Blood-Borne Infection  
5.6.6 Personal Care and Relationships  




5.7.1 Countering Bullying and Harassment Policy and Procedure for Looked After Children  
5.7.2 Counter Bullying Workbook  
5.7.3 Counter Bullying Workbook for Children with Special Needs  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

  Care Leavers Charter, Department for Education  

5.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.8.2 Registration for National Insurance  
5.8.3 Responsibilities of Local Authorities to Former Looked After Children in Custody Updated
5.8.4 Staying Put Policy  




5.9.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.9.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
5.9.3 Child Trust Funds and Junior Savings Accounts for Looked After Children  
5.9.4 Sufficiency Duty in Relation to Accommodation for Children  
5.9.5 Looked After Children Joining the Armed Forces  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Foster Carers

  Fostering National Minimum Standards  

6.1.1 Aims and Principles of the Fostering Service  
6.1.2 Fostering Panel  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Smoking: Policy and Guidance  
6.1.5 Exemptions from Usual Limit and Extensions/Variations of Approval  
6.1.6 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.7 Conflict of Interest in Fostering  
6.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Support, Supervision and Training of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.10 Allegations or Concerns about Foster Carers or Members of their Household  
6.1.11 Capital Programme Assistance to Carers  
6.1.12 Foster Carer Manual  
6.1.13 Managing Behaviour within Foster Homes  
6.1.14 Foster Carer Payments and Allowances  
6.1.15 Support for Foster Carers with Equipment and Furniture  
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  and Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  




  Adoption National Minimum Standards  

6.2.1 Aims and Principles of the Adoption Service  
6.2.2 Timescales, Quality Assurance and Monitoring Requirements  
6.2.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.4 Adoption Panel  
6.2.5 Placement for Adoption  
  See also: Adoption Decision Making Flowchart  
6.2.6 Adoption Support Services  
6.2.7 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.9 Inter-Country Adoption  
6.2.10 Non-Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
6.2.15 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in relation to Children Placed for Adoption or already Adopted  
6.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.17 Adoption/Permanency Tracking Meetings  



Other Permanence Options

6.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.3.2 Permanent Fostering  



Adoption and Permanence Guidance

6.4.1 Adoption/Permanence Planning for Sibling Groups  
6.4.2 Adoption Plans and Contact Arrangements  
6.4.3 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship (including 'Annex A' Reports)  
6.4.4 Assessment for Financial Support as Part of a Support Plan Linked to an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order  
6.4.5 Referral Form for Adoption Child Arrangements Order And Special Guardianship Allowance  
6.4.6 Foster Carers who Wish to Adopt the Child they are Fostering  
6.4.7 Fostering Matching Reports  
6.4.8 Initial Visits to Prospective Adoptive Applicants  
6.4.9 Introduction to Permanent Families  
6.4.10 Later Life Letters  
6.4.11 Life Appreciation Meetings  
6.4.12 Life Story Books and Memory Boxes  

7. Children's Homes

  Children’s Homes Regulations 2015 (including the Quality Standards)  


Quality and Purpose of Care

7.1.1 Statement of Purpose  
7.1.2 Children and Young People’s Guides  
7.1.3 Our Ethos and Key Policies  
7.1.4 Promoting Diversity  
7.1.5 Caring for Children from Minority Ethnic Groups  
7.1.6 Confidentiality Policy  
7.1.7 Case Recording Policy and Staff Guidance  
7.1.8 Consents Guidance  



Children’s Views, Wishes and Feelings

7.2.1 Support to Individuals  
7.2.2 Consultation (Participation and Involvement)  
7.2.3 Personal Appearance: Clothing, Requisites and Pocket Money  
7.2.4 Contact  
7.2.5 Visitors  
7.2.6 Children and Young People's Individual Files  
7.2.7 Access to Records  
7.2.8 Children's Bedrooms  




7.3.1 Education  



Enjoyment and Achievement

7.4.1 Transporting Children  
7.4.2 Leisure Activities  



Health and Wellbeing

7.5.1 Provision and Preparation of Meals  
7.5.2 General Health Care  
7.5.3 Administration of Medication  
7.5.4 HIV, Aids and Blood Borne Viruses  
7.5.5 Smoking and Alcohol  
7.5.6 Health Notifications and Access to Services  
7.5.7 First Aid, Home Remedies and Medication  
7.5.8 Drugs and Substance Misuse  



Positive Relationships

7.6.1 Keyworker Guidance  
7.6.2 Relationships with Children and Young People  
7.6.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
7.6.4 Measures of Control, Restraint and Discipline  
7.6.5 Sanctions  
7.6.6 Incidents Guidance  
7.6.7 Dealing with Aggression and Violence  
7.6.8 Role of Appropriate Adult: Guidance  
7.6.9 Countering Bullying  
7.6.10 Searching Children/Bedrooms  
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



Protection of Children

7.7.1 Recognising Abuse  
7.7.2 Child Protection Referrals  
7.7.3 Safeguarding Procedures and Training  
7.7.4 Allegations Against Staff  
7.7.5 Procedure for Children Missing from Local Authority Care  
7.7.6 Risk Assessments  
7.7.7 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
7.7.8 Accommodation of Children Aged Under Eight  
7.7.9 Digital Photography  



Leadership and Management


Notification of Significant Events

7.8.2 Complaints and Representations  
7.8.3 Staff Qualifications  
7.8.4 Vetting of Staff and Visitors  
7.8.5 Staff Supervision and Appraisal  
7.8.6 Gift Giving and Receiving  
7.8.7 Lone Working  
7.8.8 Handover and Team Meetings  
7.8.9 Petty Cash  
7.8.10 Monitoring Quality  



Care Planning

7.9.1 Placement Plans  
7.9.2 Moving into the Home  
7.9.3 Reviews  
7.9.4 Preparation for Leaving Care  
7.9.5 Leaving the Home  

8. Recording, Case Management and Supervision of Staff


Decision Making Arrangements

8.1.1 Decision Making Arrangements in the Safeguarding and Family Support Service  



Allocation of Work

8.2.1 Transfer Protocol for Fieldwork Services  
8.2.2 Intensive Support Team Joint Working Procedure  



Children's Records

8.3.1 Case Records and Retention  
8.3.2 Access to Records  
8.3.3 Recording Matters  



Supervision of Staff

8.4.1 Supervision Policy and Procedure for the Children's Workforce  

9. Appendices

9.1 Local Contacts  
9.2 Local Keywords  
9.3 Designated Managers  
9.4 Social Worker Practice Standards and Guidance Manual  
9.5 Amendments