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Contents

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.1.1 Wakefield Early Help Strategy (2016)  
1.1.2 Multi-Agency Continuum of Need - Supporting Children, Young People and Families (Wakefield Safeguarding Children Board, 2016)  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.2.2 Single Assessment Plan and Practice Guidance  
1.2.3 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures  
1.2.4 Family Group Conferencing New
1.2.5 Transfer Protocol  
1.2.6 Guidance: Use of Social Networking Sites (Facebook) by Social Care Staff in the Course of Their Work - under review  
1.2.7 Wakefield Council Children and Young People's Services – Practice Standards (2017 - 2018)  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
  See also: Children's Resource and Care and Support Panel and Legal Proceedings Panel  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
1.4.5 Supervision Orders in Care Proceedings  
1.4.6 Care Plans in Court Proceedings  
1.4.7 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers (July 2014)  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Wakefield Family Services Complaints Procedure  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Notifications

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


 

1.7

Safeguarding in Children's Social Care

 
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures  
1.7.1 West Yorkshire Joint Protocol for Children Missing from Home or Care  
1.7.2 Special Domestic Abuse Practitioner (SDAP) Operating Protocol  
1.7.3 Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS): Referral Process and Referral Form  
1.7.4 Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS) Process Regarding Attendance at Initial Child Protection Conferences  
1.7.5 Child Protection Conference Procedures, Standards and Dispute Resolution Process  

2. Recording, Case Management and Supervision of Staff

2.1

Recording

 
2.1.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.1.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.1.3 Access to Records  
2.1.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.1.5 Telephone Requests for Disclosure of Information About Service Users  


 

2.2

Supervision

 
2.2.1 Supervision and Appraisal Policy for the Children's Workforce  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Complex Care Needs Team  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  
3.1.5 Wakefield Short Breaks Procedures Handbook  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 Wakefield Council Policy and Procedures for the Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds Young People  
3.3.2 Referral to Homeless Team for 16 /17 year old
(Local Resources and One Minute Guides)
 


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Kinship Care (Family and Friends) Policy  
3.4.2 Family and Friends Care  
3.4.3 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Relinquished Children

 
3.6.1 Relinquished Children  

4. Children Looked After

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Guidance on Section 20 Children Act 1989  
4.1.3 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.4 Children's Resource and Care and Support Panel and Legal Proceedings Panel  
4.1.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.6 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption  
4.1.7 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.8 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care (excluding Short Breaks but including Externally Provided Placements)  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of District Placements  
4.2.7 Children Placed within Wakefield by another Local Authority - under review  
4.2.8 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After Updated
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Child Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Children Looked After  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
4.5.3 Passports for Looked After Children  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Action Plans Updated
4.6.2 GPs, Dentists and Opticians  
4.6.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.4 Sexual Health  
4.6.5 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.6 Countering Bullying and Harassment Policy and Procedure for Looked After Children  
4.6.7 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Looked After Children Joining the Armed Forces  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Children Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After in Custody  
4.9.3 Electronic Monitoring (Tagging of Children and Young People)  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
  See: Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Smoking Policy and Guidance  
5.1.5 Conflict of Interest in Fostering  
5.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.7 Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Allegations or Concerns about Foster Carers or Members of their Household  
5.1.10 Foster Carer Handbook  
5.1.11 Capital Programme Assistance to Carers  
5.1.12 Fostering Service Skills Payment Scheme  
5.1.13 Foster Carer Allowances - to follow  
  See also: Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.3 Amendments