Central Bedfordshire Children's Services Procedures Manual: Contents

September 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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Updated



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

1.2.1 Early Help and Support  
1.2.2 Children in Need Threshold Criteria  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Enquires, Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Child and Family Assessments  
1.3.3 Transfer Protocol  
1.3.4 Access to Resources Panel  
1.3.5 MARAC – Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Local Guidance in Respect of Initiating Legal Proceedings  
1.4.2 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.4 Legal Planning Meetings  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After, Child Subject to Child Protection Plan and Child In Need) Updated
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Compliments, Comments and Complaints  
1.6.2 Confidential Reporting Policy "Whistleblowing"  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Files  
2.4 Supervision Policy for Children's Services  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations by Service Users Updated
2.6 Guidance with respect of Written Agreements New

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Old Young People Who May be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation  
  Joint Protocol Between Central Bedfordshire Council's Children's Service and Housing Services Updated
  Young People Presenting as Homeless Procedure - under review  
3.4 Young Carers  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children with Disabilities Service  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 CBC Short Breaks Statement  
4.1.5 Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  



Children from Abroad

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



Relinquished Children

4.3.1 Relinquished Children Updated



Deprivation of Liberty

4.4.1 Deprivation of Liberty New



Mental Capacity

4.5.1 Mental Capacity Act 2005 New

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
5.1.4 Permanency Tracking Meetings  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placement Stability Meeting  
5.1.8 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.10 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.11 Placement with Connected Persons - to follow  
5.1.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.13 Placements with Parents  
5.1.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.16 Notifications of Significant Events  
5.1.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK Updated
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children Updated



Health and Well-being

5.5.1 Health Assessments and Plans Updated
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Countering Bullying within Foster Care Placements  




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



Leaving Care and Transition

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

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

6.1.1 Foster Carers Manual  
6.1.2 Fostering and Permanence Panel  
6.1.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.4 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Guidance for Supervising Social Workers when Foster Carers Separate  
6.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.10 Financial Guidance for Foster Carers New



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel Updated
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 Disruption Meetings  
6.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.10 Inter Country Adoption Updated
6.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
6.2.15 Application for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.17 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.18 Later Life Letters Guidance  
6.2.19 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.20 Smoking Policy for the Adoption Service and Fostering Service New

7. Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.4 Amendments