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Cumbria Children's Services Procedures Manual Contents

August 2017

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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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices

See also Research in Practice


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Introduction and Context Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Social Work Assessed and Supported Year (ASYE) Policy  
1.1.5 Supervision Policy  
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care Updated


 

1.2

Early Help Assessment and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help Assessment
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board website)
 
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance (including Referrals)
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
  See also: Cumbria LSCB Procedures Manual, Multi-agency Pre-Birth Protocol  
1.3.3 LCS Guidance C and F Assessment Guidance  
1.3.4 Local Protocol for Assessment
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 
1.3.5 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.6 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams  
1.3.7 Policy / Procedure Relating to the Transport for Children Open to a Children's Social Care Team  
  See also: Cumbria LSCB Multi-agency Pre-Birth Protocol  


 

1.4

Court 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 Public Law Outline Pre-Proceedings Protocol New
1.4.4 Legal and Placement Panel  
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)  
1.4.6 Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings - to follow  


 

1.5

Safeguarding

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.5.2 Children Missing from Home or Care
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 
1.5.3 Children and Families that go Missing (Including Unborn Children)
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 
1.5.4 Children Missing from Education
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 
1.5.5 Child Sexual Exploitation
(Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)
 


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Employee Whistle-Blowing Policy  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Retention  
2.3 Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.4 Young Carers  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Direct Payments Updated
4.1.3 Short Breaks Updated
  See also: Short Breaks Statement of Purpose  


 

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

4.3

Relinquished Children

 
4.3.1 Relinquished Children  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.2 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.3 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.4

Permanence Policy and Practice Guidance

See also Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters
 
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Children Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated
5.2.5 Dispute Resolution Process  
5.2.6 Need to Know Policy and Procedure  


 

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated


 

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  


 

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers Updated
  See also Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

5.8

Youth Offending

 
5.8.1 Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
5.8.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.3 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  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Foster Carers who are also Childminders  
6.1.8 Procedure For Foster Carers Who Wish To Adopt A Child Currently In Their Care  
6.1.9 Foster Carers Possessing Guns and Weapons  
6.1.10

Allegations Against Foster Carers

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


 

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated


7. Appendices

7.1 Delegation of Authority (see Documents Library, Appendices)  
7.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.3 Amendments  

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