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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual


May 2017

Updated Chapters
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Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been updated in particular Section 5.2, Recording Visits has been amended - explicit reference should be made to risk identified within the CP, CIN or Care Plan, and whether this risk remains relevant or has changed, reduced or increased.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

This chapter has been updated, in particular Section 5, Recording has been amended to state specific reference to risks and what these may be for the child need to be clearly referenced. Risks such as CSE, missing from home, self-harm or contact with certain associates or family. To reference whether this risk has reduced, increased or remained static and what actions are being taken or proposed to address this.

April 2017

Updated Chapters
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Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)

Section 1, Initiating Section 47 Enquiries has been updated to include the Strategy Discussion/Meeting should as a minimum include Health, Education and Police.

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

Section 4, Child in Need/Statutory Visits – Guidance for Recording has been added.

Recording Policy and Guidelines

This chapter has been updated including the addition of Section 17, Project Accuracy.

Case Records and Retention

A note has been added to Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records with regards to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (GODDARD INQUIRY) and retention of records.

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

Section 3, Local Offer has been updated with a link to Lancashire's Local Offer.

Placements in Secure Accommodation

This chapter has been amended to acknowledge the President of the High Court's judgement regarding applications in English courts for Secure Accommodation placements in Scotland (see Section 4.1, Placement Request, Identification and Approval).

Looked After Children's Reviews

This chapter has been amended to note The Law Society guidance 'Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act Meetings' and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative (see Section 8, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).

Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers

This chapter has been updated in relation to the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer in line with the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015). In particular, the IRO being sensitive to the close and active involvement of parents of a child looked after in a series of Short Breaks and problem-solving where there might be difficulties or issues.

Staying Put

This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.

New Chapters and Features
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Care Planning Protocol (within the Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act and Revised Public Law Outline 2013)

This document applies to:

  • Children subject to Child Protection Plans where no sufficient change has been made despite significant support;
  • All children subject to pre-proceedings protocol;
  • All children subject to Public Law care proceedings with the aim of identifying those children for whom twin-tracking or a concurrency placement is identified;
  • Local Authority Statement of Evidence submitted to Court and Section 7 and Section 37 reports.

Section 7 and Section 37 Reports

This chapter has been added to the manual.

Fabricated or Induced Illness

A link has been added to this information on the Pan Lancashire SCB Procedures Manual.

Children's Social Care Service Practice Standards

These practice standards play a vital role in making Lancashire County Council a child friendly community where children feel safe, where joint working to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children, will improve, and where compliance is evidenced.

Generic Induction Booklet for Children's Social Care

This induction pack has been prepared as a working document which should be completed during the first two weeks in employment.

Staff Induction

This link has been added to the manual.

ASYE CYP Documents and Guidance

This link has been added to the manual.

Inspection Audit Framework

The purpose of this robust file audit framework is to ensure that positive outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Lancashire are achieved through high quality social are practice and compliance with procedures.

Criteria for Allocation of a Child or Young Person to a Social Worker in the Special Educational Needs (SEND) Children with Disabilities Team

This document details the criteria used.

Lancashire's Local Offer

The local offer brings together information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds

This protocol has been agreed between Lancashire County Council and the 12 District housing authority partners. It outlines the joint responsibilities of Children's Social Care and District Housing Authority partners concerning the assessment of need and provision of accommodation services to homeless 16/17 year olds.

Child Arrangements Orders

A Child Arrangements Order means a court order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following:

  1. With whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact; and
  2. When a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.

Child Arrangements Order Allowances

This chapter deals with the assessment and management of allowances relating to Child Arrangements Orders.

Next update: October 2017


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