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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

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Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

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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. All Children
  2. Case Management and Supervision
  3. Recording
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Children in Particular Circumstances
  6. Looked After Children
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. 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 Children and Family Wellbeing Service  
1.1.2 Continuum of Need and Thresholds Guidance  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Assessments  
1.2.3 Children's Social Care - A Guide to the Assessment Process for Children and Young People  
1.2.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See: Section 47 Child Protection Enquiries Flowchart  
  See also: Pan Lancashire Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children Manual  
1.2.5 Risk Management Toolkit  
1.2.6 Lancashire Guidance on Chronologies  
1.2.7 How to Create a Chronology from LCS  
1.2.8 Re-escalation of cases to Childrens Social Care  
1.2.9 Transfer Process New
1.2.10 Family Group Conference  
1.2.11 Aide memoire: A Quick Guide to the Purpose of, and good practice, in Children's Social Care's Core Tasks  
1.2.12 Section 17 New


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.3.2 Definition of Complex Child in Need  


 

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
1.4.3 Care Planning Protocol (within the Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act and Revised Public Law Outline 2013)  
1.4.4 Multi-Agency Care Planning Protocol  
1.4.5 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.6 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  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)  
1.4.7 Section 7 and Section 37 Reports  


 

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.6

Notifications

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated
1.6.2 Notification of Significant Events New


 

1.7

Safeguarding

 
  Note: some of the chapters below are contained in the Pan Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual and will open in a new window/tab.  
1.7.1 Child Sexual Exploitation - Pan Lancashire Standard Operating Protocol  
1.7.2 Joint Protocol - Children and Young People who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care  
1.7.3 Children and Families who go Missing  
1.7.4 Missing from Home Policy  
1.7.5 Missing from Home Process  
1.7.6 Protocol and Process for Missing from Home Panel  
1.7.7 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
1.7.8 Radicalistation  


 

1.8

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
1.8.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
1.8.2 Mental Capacity Act  


 

1.9

Cases Crossing Local Authority Boundaries

 
1.9.1 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
1.9.2 North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
1.9.3 North West Protocol in Relation to Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
1.9.4 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  

2. Case Management and Supervision

2.1 Children's Social Care Service Practice Standards - under review  
2.2 Generic Induction Booklet for Children's Social Care  
2.3 Staff Induction  
2.4 ASYE CYP Documents and Guidance  
2.5 Supervision New
  See also: Induction and Supervision New

3. Recording

3.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
3.2 Case Records and Retention - under review  
3.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests
3.4 Confidentiality Policy
3.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings

4. Quality Assurance

4.1 Written Agreements  
4.2 Inspection Audit Framework - under review  

5. Children in Particular Circumstances

5.1

Children with Disabilities

5.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
5.1.2 Criteria for Allocation of a Child or Young Person to a Social Worker in the Special Educational Needs (SEND) Children with Disabilities (CwD) Team  
5.1.3 Direct Payments  
5.1.4 Short Breaks  
5.1.5 Lancashire's Local Offer (Lancashire County Council website)  


 

5.2

Children from Abroad

 
5.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
5.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

5.3

Homelessness

 
5.3.1 Housing and Homelessness  
5.3.2 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
5.3.3 Homelessness Protocol - YP Consent Form New
5.3.4 Supported Accommodation Privacy Notice New


 

5.4

Family and Friends Care

 
5.4.1 Family and Friends Care
5.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

5.5

Young Carers

 
5.5.1 Young Carers  
5.5.2 7MB Young Carers New


 

5.6

Relinquished Children

 
5.6.1 Relinquished Children - under review  

6. Looked After Children

6.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Corporate Parenting Strategy New
6.1.2 Lancashire's Promises: Children in Care and Care Leavers New
6.1.3 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.4 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.5 Discharge of Care Order Policy New
6.1.6 Permanence Planning Guidance - under review  
  The permanence planning guidance is being updated. For the most recent version of the policy, please follow the link to Local Resources.  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.7 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.8 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

6.2

Placements

 
6.2.1 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New
6.2.2 Access to Resource Team  
6.2.3 Placements with Parents Updated
6.2.4 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.2.5 Placements in Foster Care  
  See also: Placement Finding Process  
6.2.6 Placements in Residential Care  
6.2.7 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.2.8 Out of Area Placements  
6.2.9 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.2.10 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.2.11 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.2.12 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.2.13 Section 20 Charging Policy  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

6.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
6.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
6.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.3.3 Looked After Children's Reviews  
6.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.3.5 Secure Accommodation Reviews  
6.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
6.3.7 Audit Framework  


 

6.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
6.4.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  


 

6.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
6.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

6.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
6.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans - under review Updated
6.6.2 Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire Guidance Note  
6.6.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.6.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.6.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

6.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
6.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
6.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

6.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
6.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
  See also: Protocol for Support Post 21  
6.8.2 Staying Put Updated
6.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers New
6.8.4 The Role of the Personal Advisor Updated
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.8.5 Care Leaver Practice Guidance  


 

6.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
6.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

7. Fostering and Adoption

  This section is under review due to local changes with Regional Adoption Agency.

 

7.1

Fostering Services

7.1.1 Fostering Panel  
7.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

7.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
7.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Updated
7.2.2 Adoption Panel - under review  
7.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
7.2.4 Adoption Support - under review  
7.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.6 Adoption Reviews - under review  
7.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
7.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
7.2.11 Adoption Case Records - under review  
7.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.2.13 Intermediary Services  
7.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance - under review  
7.2.15 Later Life Letters - under review  
7.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

7.3

Special Guardianship / Other Permanence Options

 
7.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
7.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
7.3.4 Child Arrangements Orders - under review  
7.4.5 Child Arrangements Order Allowances - under review  

8. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

8.1 Contacts  
8.2 Scheme of Delegation (Casework) Updated
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
8.4 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) Covert Surveillance  
8.5 Equality, Cohesion and Integration Strategy 2014-2017  
8.6 Lancashire CSC Intranet New
8.7 Children's Services Practice Statements New
8.8 Lancashire Our Vision Poster New
8.9 Amendments