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Blackpool Social Work and Safeguarding ServiceProcedures Manual

Contents

July 2018

Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

Children's Consultation and Participation

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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 Recording
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  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 Keeping Children Safe in Blackpool (thresholds document, early help assessment and referral forms)  
1.1.2 Family Group Conferences  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.2.2 Assessments  
 

See also:

 
1.2.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Pan Lancashire Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children Manual  
1.2.5 Duty Team Responsibilities and Transfer from Duty and Assessment Team to Safeguarding Teams  


 

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  
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 The Family Court in Lancashire – Guidance as to Current Practices and Procedure  
1.4.6 Revised Method of Managing Decision Making in Relation to Legal Proceedings within Social Care Guidance for Staff  
1.4.7 Lancashire Guidance Note: Non-Compliance With Directions Orders and Request for Extensions of Time for Compliance  
1.4.8 Lancashire Protocol Relating to the Disclosure To and From Family Care Proceedings  
  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 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  
1.5.3 Concerns Resolution Protocol  


 

1.6

Notifications

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

1.7

Supervision of Staff

 
1.7.1 Supervision Policy and Guidelines  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests Updated
2.4 Confidentiality Policy Updated
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
2.6 Photography and Sharing Images Guidance for Photographing and Recording Children During Children’s Services Support Activities and Events New

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 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

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


 

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 Updated
3.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Safeguarding Children

 
3.6.1 Joint Protocol for Children and Young People Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home or Care  
3.6.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.8.1 Deprivation of Liberty New
3.8.2 Mental Capacity Practice Resource New

4. Looked After Children

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  
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
4.3.2 Disruption Meetings Procedure for Fostering and Residential Placements  
4.3.3 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
4.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.7 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 Looked After Children  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

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


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  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  
4.9.2 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  

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 Updated
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  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 Updated
  See also: Relinquished Children Procedure  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
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 Updated
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 Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 Scheme of Delegation  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
6.4 Amendments