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Cumbria Children's Services Procedures Manual Contents

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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

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1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Introduction and Context  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.4 Social Work Assessed and Supported Year (ASYE) Policy  
1.1.5 Supervision Policy  
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care Updated
1.1.7 Case File Audit Process  
1.1.8 Children and Young People - Collaborative Case File Audit Tool  
1.1.9 Process for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) Auditing  
1.1.10 Capacity and Consent Updated
1.1.11 Use of Social Media  


 

1.2

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

 
1.2.1 Early Help Assessment
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website)
 
1.2.2 Cumbria Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website)
 
 

See also: Cumbria Understanding The Level of Need and Practice Response

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1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Assessments  
  See also: Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures, Multi-Agency Pre-Birth Protocol  
1.3.3 LCS Guidance C and F Assessment Guidance  
1.3.4 Local Protocol for Assessment
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
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  
1.3.8 The Management of Unallocated Cases in Assessment Support  


 

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  
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)  
  See also: Cross-border child protection cases: the 1996 Hague Convention (DfE)  
  and Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  


 

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 Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
1.5.3 Children and Families that go Missing (Including Unborn Children)
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
1.5.4 Children Missing from Education
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
1.5.5 Child Exploitation (including Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation)
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
1.5.6 EDT Protocol
(Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 
1.5.7 Notification of Significant Events  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.6.2 Employee Whistleblowing Policy  


2. Case Management and Recording

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2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings Updated
2.5 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Prevention and Family Support

Caption: contents list 3
   
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

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4.1

Children with Disabilities

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


 

4.2

Children from Abroad

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


 

4.3

Relinquished Children

 
4.3.1 Relinquished Children Updated


 

4.4

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
4.4.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.4.2 Mental Capacity  
4.4.3 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983  


5. Looked After Children

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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 Children Looked After Placements Commissioning - Sufficiency Strategy (2017-2020)  
5.1.4 Permanence Policy and Practice Guidance  
5.1.5 Placing and Moving Children in Foster Care  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements Updated
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated
5.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children Updated
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.1.17 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
5.1.18 Placement of Cumbria Children in Unregulated or Unregistered Supported Accommodation  
5.1.19 Placements in Other Arrangements New


 

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

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


 

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)  


 

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

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


 

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
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/Civil Partnership 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  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

5.8

Youth Offending

 
5.8.1 Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and YJB Case Management Guidance  
  See also: YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  
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 Updated
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


6. Fostering and Adoption

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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  
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, including Fostering After Adopting Updated
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  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
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 Updated
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 Updated
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  


7. Appendices

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

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