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WakefieldCouncil Children and Young People Service Procedures Manual

Contents

April 2017

Children and Young People Service Policies, Values and Principles

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This contents list follows the Journey of the Child and 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. Recording, Case Management and Supervision of Staff
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Children Looked After
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

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  
1.2.2 Single Assessment Plan and Practice Guidance  
1.2.3 Signs of Safety Birth Plan - under review  
1.2.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures  
1.2.5 Transfer Protocol for Fieldwork Services - under review  
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 Social Worker Practice Standards and Guidance Manual (2015) - under review  


 

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  
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  

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  
2.1.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations - to follow  


 

2.2

Case Management

 
2.2.1 Decision Making in Safeguarding and Family Support Service - under review
(Local Resources and One Minute Guides)
 


 

2.3

Supervision

 
2.3.1 Supervision Policy and Procedure 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 - under review  
3.1.2 Complex Care Needs Team  
3.1.3 Direct Payments - under review  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

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


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.4.2 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 Decision to Look After and Care Planning - under review  
4.1.3 Accommodation Panel  
4.1.4 Guidance on Section 20 Children Act 1989 - under review  
4.1.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.6 Permanence Planning Guidance - under review  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
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 - under review  
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  
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: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 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  
4.4.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits - under review  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

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


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 GPs, Dentists and Opticians - under review  
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 Looked After Child - to follow  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

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


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services - under review  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People 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

 
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 Manual  
5.1.11 Capital Programme Assistance to Carers  
5.1.12 Foster Carer Payments and Allowances
(Local Resources and One Minute Guides)
 
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

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 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
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 2015