Central Bedfordshire Children's Services Procedures Manual: Contents

September 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

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.4 Promoting and Supporting the Needs of Children Living with Family or Friends Carers  



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  
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 Updated



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  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children Updated
2.3 Access to Files  
2.4 Supervision Policy for Children's Services  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings - to follow  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering Updated
3.3 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Old Young People Who May be Homeless  
  Joint Protocol Between Central Bedfordshire Council's Children's Service and Housing Services - under review  
  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 Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated



Children from Abroad

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



Relinquished Children

4.3.1 Relinquished Children  

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  
5.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.6 Placement Stability Meeting  
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 Placement with Connected Persons - to follow  
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.12 Placements with Parents  
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Notifications of Significant Events Updated
5.1.16 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews  
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  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated



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  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  



Health and Well-being

5.5.1 Health Assessments and Plans  
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 New




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  
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 Updated
6.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
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 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  
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  

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 2015  
7.4 Amendments