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LancashireChildren's Social Care Procedures Manual

Contents

April 2017

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 Prevention and Early Help 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) Updated
  See also: Pan Lancashire Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children Manual  
1.2.5 Risk Management Toolkit  
1.2.6 Lancashire Guidance on Chronologies - June 2016  
1.2.7 How to Create a Chronology from LCS  
1.2.8 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams - to follow  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated


 

1.4

Legal Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline - under review  
1.4.3 Care Planning Protocol (within the Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act and Revised Public Law Outline 2013) - under review New
1.4.4 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.5 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  
1.4.6 Section 7 and Section 37 Reports New


 

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)  


 

1.7

Safeguarding

 
  Note: these chapters 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 Fabricated or Induced Illness New


 

1.8

Cases Crossing Local Authority Boundaries

 
1.8.1 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
1.8.2 North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
1.8.3 North West Protocol in Relation to Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
1.8.4 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 New
2.2 Generic Induction Booklet for Children's Social Care New
2.3 Staff Induction New
2.4 ASYE CYP Documents and Guidance New

3. Recording

3.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
3.2 Case Records and Retention Updated
3.3 Access to Records  
3.4 Confidentiality Policy  
3.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings  

4. Quality Assurance

4.1 Inspection Audit Framework New

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 Updated
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 New
5.1.3 Direct Payments  
5.1.4 Short Breaks Updated
5.1.5 Lancashire's Local Offer (Lancashire County Council website) New


 

5.2

Children from Abroad

 
5.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
5.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

5.3

Homelessness

 
5.3.1 Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds 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  


 

5.6

Relinquished Children

 
5.6.1 Relinquished Children  

6. Looked After Children

6.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
6.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

6.2

Placements

 
6.2.1 Placements with Parents  
6.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
6.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
6.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation Updated
6.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
6.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  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 Updated
6.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated
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 Children  
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  
6.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.6.4 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  
6.8.2 Staying Put Updated
6.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers - to follow  
6.8.4 The Professional Personal Advisor Teams  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

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

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  
7.2.2 Adoption Panel  
7.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
7.2.4 Adoption Support  
7.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
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  
7.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.2.13 Intermediary Services  
7.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
7.2.15 Later Life Letters  
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  
7.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
7.3.4 Child Arrangements Orders - under review New
7.4.5 Child Arrangements Order Allowances - under review New

8. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

8.1 Contacts  
8.2 Scheme of Delegation (Casework)  
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015