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Medway Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

January 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):

The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Procedures are also easily accessible from this manual through the link which appears at the bottom left of each page.

  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering
  7. Adoption and Permanence
  8. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Common Assessment Framework  
1.2.2 Children in Need Threshold Criteria  

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessment Updated
1.3.3 Developing Local Protocols for Assessment  
1.3.4 Threshold - Continuum of Help and Support  
1.3.5 Case Transfer Process – For Children’s Advice & Duty Service, Child In Need & Child Protection, LAC & Care Proceedings and 0-25 Disabled Person’s Service  
  Please see also the Transfer Procedures of Cases between Looked After Children Team and Disability Team 0-25 for Young People with Disabilities  

   

1.4

Child Protection

 
1.4.1 Kent and Medway SCBs – Core Procedures Link  
1.4.2 Kent and Medway SCBs – Practice Guidance Link  

   

1.5

Court Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Court Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
1.5.4 Protocol For Allocating Responsibilities for Court Reporting in Private Law Proceedings (CAFCASS/ADCS)  
1.5.5 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings (October 2013)  

   

1.6

Miscellaneous

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.6.2 Staff Transfer Between Teams  
1.6.3 Run Away and Missing from Home and Care Protocol (RMFHC)  
1.6.4 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.6.5 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
1.6.6 Visits to Children in Long Term Residential Care  
1.6.7 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing  
1.6.8 Children Missing Education  
1.6.9 Abuse in Faith Settings  
1.6.10 Safe Sleeping – Postnatal Care (NICE Clinical Guidance)  

   

1.7

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
1.7.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing  
  Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and Employers in Health and Social Care (2014)  
  Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children's Social Care Services - Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers  


2. Case Management and Recording/Management Supervision

2.1

Case Management and Recording

 
2.1.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.1.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.1.3 Children’s Services - Retention of Records Table  
2.1.4 Access to Records  

   

2.2

Management Supervision

 
2.2.1 Supervision Policy and Procedures  

   

2.3

Staff Health and Safety

 
2.3.1 Health and Safety Policy-Arrangements Prevention of Violence and Aggression  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children 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

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children with Disabilities  
4.1.2 Direct Payments Updated
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.5 Transfer Procedures of Cases between Looked After Children Team and Disability Team 0-25 for Young People with Disabilities  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Independent Family Returns Panel  
4.2.2 Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
4.2.3 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Other Local Authority Children in Care Placed in Medway  
5.1.7 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  

   

5.2

Placement

 
5.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
5.2.2 Placements in Residential Care  
5.2.3 Medway Children in Care Placed in Other Local Authority Areas (POLA)  
5.2.4 Approval of Family and Friends Carers, Connected Persons and Placement of Children in an Emergency under Regulation 24 of the Fostering Regulations  
    CoramBAAF Forms (Connected Persons)  
5.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation Updated
5.2.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.2.7 Placements with Parents  
5.2.8 Placements outside England and Wales  

   

5.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.3.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.3.4 Looked After Children Reviews Updated
5.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.3.7 Notification of Significant Events  

   

5.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.4.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  

   

5.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.5.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.5.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.5.3 Education of Looked After Children Updated

   

5.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.6.2 Operational Guidance on Requesting and Processing Health and Adoption Assessments for Looked After Children  
5.6.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.6.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.6.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention  

   

5.7

Identity

 
5.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  

   

5.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  See also: Care Leavers Charter  
5.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.8.2 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers - to follow  
5.8.3 Former Looked After Children in Custody - The Responsibilities of Medway Children’s Services and Medway Youth Offending Team - Protocol, Procedure and Guidance  
5.8.4 Joint Working Protocol Between Medway Youth Offending Team & Medway Looked After Children & Proceedings Service  
5.8.5 Staying Put Policy Updated

   

5.9

Miscellaneous

 
5.9.1 Savings Policy  
  See also: Run Away and Missing from Home and Care Protocol (RMFHC)  
  and Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  


6. Fostering

6.1

Fostering Services

 
  Medway Council Fostering Website  

   
  Please also see Approval of Family and Friends Carers, Connected Persons and Placement of Children in an Emergency under Regulation 24 of the Fostering Regulations  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessments 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 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.8 Fostering Allowances  


7. Adoption and Permanence - This Section of the Manual is Under Review

7.1 General Policy Statement  
7.2 Policy and Principles of Adoption Practice  
7.3 Statement of Purpose  
7.4 Placement of Children for Adoption  
7.5 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adoptive Parents  
7.6 Inter-Country Adoption Updated
7.7 Non Agency Adoption  
7.8 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
7.9 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.10 Allegations Against Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.11 Adoption Reviews  
7.12 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.13 Adoption Support  
7.14 Adoption Case Records  
7.15 Access to Adoption Case Records  
7.16 Intermediary Services  
7.17 Application for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
7.18 Court Reports in Adoption and Special Guardianship  
7.19 Placing a Child for Adoption – Medway Practice Guidance for the Child’s Social Worker  
7.20 Working with Children – Medway Practice Guidance for Adoption Social Workers  
7.21 Life Story Books  
7.22 Later Life Letters  
7.23 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
7.24 Adoption Forms and Template Letters  
7.25 Adoption Allowances  


8. Appendices

8.1 Designated Managers  
8.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
8.3 NICE Quick Reference Guide – When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
8.4 Amendments  

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