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Worcestershire Children's Social Care Procedures Manual: Contents

April 2018

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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. Safeguarding
  5. Children With Disabilities
  6. Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. Appendices

Please Note – Documents, forms and leaflets in use locally for the purposes of conducting procedures contained in this manual can be found in the Documents Library (accessed via the buttons on the left hand menu).

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.4 Consultation Policy  



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Thresholds Guidance for Practitioners: Responding to the needs of children and young people in Worcestershire  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Social Work Assessment  
1.3.2 Section 47 Enquiries  



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 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 directions hearings    
1.4.5 West Midlands Regional Protocol and Good Practice Model Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording with Care - Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.3 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.4 Access to Records  
2.5 LAC Transfer Protocol  

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 The Specialist Support Service  
3.5 WSCB Working with Resistant, Hostile and Aggressive Families  
3.6 Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board Website    
3.7 Supervised Family Contact Practice Guidelines  
3.8 Young Carers  

4. Safeguarding


Safeguarding in Children's Services

  Worcester SCB are now part of the West Midlands Safeguarding Children Procedures.  
4.1.1 Risk Management Plan  
4.1.2 Risk Management Plan - Guidance Notes  
4.1.3 Assessing and Managing Risk in Children's Social Care  
4.1.4 West Mercia Multi-Agency Protocol for the Management of Sudden and Unexpected Deaths in Children and Infants  
4.1.5 Worcestershire Children and Young People's Multi-Agency Urgent Mental Health Care Pathway  



Children from Abroad

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

5. Children with Disabilities

5.1 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
5.2 Children with Disabilities Service  
5.3 Direct Payments  
5.4 Short Breaks  

6. Looked After Children and Care Leavers


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
6.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
6.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
6.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
6.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.1.12 Placements with Parents  
6.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
6.1.15 Delegation of Authority  
6.1.16 Junior Individual Saving Accounts for Looked After Children  



Monitoring and Reviews

6.2.1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.2.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
6.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
6.2.6 Notification of Significant Events  
6.2.7 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  



Contact and Overnight Stays

  See also Delegation of Authority  
6.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults, Siblings, Family and Friends  
6.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

  See also Delegation of Authority  
6.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
6.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
6.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  



Health and Wellbeing

6.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  




6.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child Updated
6.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition

6.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.7.2 Staying Put  
6.7.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.7.4 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  

7. Fostering and Adoption


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 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  
7.1.8 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol  
7.1.9 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated



Adoption and Permanence

7.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
7.2.2 Adoption Panel  
7.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
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 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
7.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
7.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
7.2.17 Later Life Letters  

8. Appendices

8.1 Local Contacts  
8.2 Scheme of Delegation  
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
8.4 Amendments