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Central Bedfordshire 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

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 Family and Friends Care  



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  
1.2.3 Capacity and Consent New



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Enquires, Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Child and Family Assessments Updated
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 Applications 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)  
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Criminal and 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  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Supervision Policy for Children's Services  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations by Service Users  
2.6 Guidance with respect of Written Agreements  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
  Joint Protocol Between Central Bedfordshire Council's Children's Service and Housing Services Young People Presenting as Homeless  
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  
4.1.6 Procedure for Parent Carer Needs Assessment  
4.1.7 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  



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  



Deprivation of Liberty

4.4.1 Deprivation of Liberty  



Mental Capacity

4.5.1 Mental Capacity Act 2005  

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 New
5.1.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation Updated
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 Updated
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  
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  
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)  



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 and Previously 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  




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 Leaving Care Financial Policy  
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  



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Assessment and Approval 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 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  
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 Applications 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  

7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and 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  

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