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Wirral Children's Specialist 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. Corporate Parenting
  8. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Information Security  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Service User Involvement Policy  
1.1.4.a Child Friendly Service User Involvement Policy  
1.1.5 Family and Friends Carers Policy  
1.1.6 Supervision in Children's Specialist Services  
1.1.7 Achieving Permanency for Children in Wirral Policy  
1.1.8 Performance Management and Quality Assurance Framework New
1.1.9 Managers Practice Standards  
1.1.10 Social Work Practice Standards  



CAF and Thresholds for Children's Specialist Services

1.2.1 Common Assessment Framework  
1.2.2 Children in Need Threshold Criteria  



Children's Specialist Services - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Referral to Emergency Duty Team  
1.3.3 Single Assessment Policy and Guidance  
1.3.4 Strategy Discussions/Meetings and Section 47 Enquiries as Part of Core Assessments
This links directly to the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual.
1.3.5 Allocation of Work and Transfer Between Teams  
  See also the Practice Guidance section of the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Court Proceedings  
1.4.3 Legal Advice and Action for Children on the Edge of Care Procedure  
1.4.4 Private Law Proceedings Section 7 and Section 37 Reports  
1.4.5 Merseyside Family Justice Council Website  
1.4.6 Cheshire and Merseyside Local Authority Pre-Court Proceedings Protocol  
1.4.7 Public Law Outline  
  See also Discharge of Care Order  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
  See also the Child Death section in the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  
1.5.2 Sexual Health Policy for Staff Working with Young People Under 19 Years  
1.5.3 Criteria for Provision of Transport  
1.5.4 Petty Cash Procedure (Wirral Council Intranet)  
1.5.5 Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
1.5.6 NICE Guidance - Postnatal Care up to 8 Weeks After Birth (2015)  



Complaints and Whistle blowing

1.6.1 Complaints Policy and Procedure  
1.6.1.a Child Friendly Complaints and Comments Policy  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Record Keeping in Children's Specialist Services  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Producing Chronologies and Recording Significant Events (with ICS Guidance)  
2.5 Issuing of Privacy (Formally Fair Processing) Notices in Children’s Specialist Services  
2.6 Workload Management Scheme  
2.7 Managing Vexatious and Unreasonable Communication  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1.a Child in Need Procedure  
3.1.b Child in Need Guidance - Practitioner and Multi-Agency Summary Handbook  
3.2 Private Fostering Updated
3.3 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  
3.4 Joint Protocol between Regeneration, Housing and Planning and Children and Young People's Department - Homeless 16 & 17 Year Olds  
3.5 Family Group Conferences  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances

  See also the section on Children in Specific Circumstances in the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  



Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children’s Disability Service  
4.1.2 Individual Budgets for Children and Young People  
4.1.3 Direct Payments  
4.1.4 Short Breaks (Overnight) Updated
4.1.5 Transition Protocol - to follow  
4.1.6 Transition E-Book and DVD  
4.1.7 Young Carers  



Children from Abroad

  See also Safeguarding Children from Abroad (including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) in the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Missing Children

4.3.1 See also the chapter on Safeguarding Children from Abroad (including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) in the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Sufficiency Strategy  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.5 Placement Planning - under review  
5.1.6 Placement Stability Procedure  
5.1.7 Placement Stability Guidance  
5.1.8 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.9 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.10 Placements in Residential Care and Principles in Matching  
5.1.11 Independent Care Placement - to follow  
5.1.12 Children Cared for by Family and Friends  
5.1.13 Matching Policy  
5.1.14 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
5.1.15 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.16 Delegation of Authority Policy  
5.1.17 Placements with Parents  
5.1.18 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.19 Notification of Placement Move of Children in Care (in and outside the Local Authority)  
5.1.20 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.21 Discharge of Care Order  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Joint Merseyside Protocol For The Provision of Local Authority Accommodation  
5.2.5 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.6 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.8 Children's Homes Regulation 44 Visits Guidance and Procedures Updated



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1Contact with Parents, Siblings, Relatives and Connected Persons  
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  



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 Delegated Consents to Outings  
5.4.4 Procedure and Guidance: Personal Education Planning to Promote the Educational Attainments of Children in Care  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships Updated
5.5.3 Behaviour Management Policy  
5.5.4 Internet Safety  
5.5.6 Medication and Healthcare Procedures  
5.5.7 First Aid, Home Remedies and Medication  




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 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
5.7.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.7.4 Young People's Pathway Policy  
5.7.5 Charter for Care Leavers (DfE)  
5.7.6 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.7 Staying Put Procedure  
5.7.7a Child Friendly 'Staying Put Procedure'  




5.8.1 Local Authority Management of Funds on Behalf of Children in Care  
5.8.2 Criminal Injuries Compensation for Children in Care  
5.8.3 Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children Updated

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.1.5 Exemption and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carers Approval  
6.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Fostering Service Non Smoking Policy  
6.1.10 Movement of Foster Carers Between Agencies  
6.1.11 Foster Carers Possessing Guns and Weapons  
6.1.12 Safe Caring Policy Guidance Updated
6.1.13 Consent to Medical Treatment in Foster Carer Placements  
6.1.14 Foster Carers Supporting Educational Potential  
6.1.15 Safety in the Home for Foster Carers  
6.1.16 Foster Carers Contacting the Police  
6.1.17 Provision of Suitable Accommodation to Meet the Needs of Children in Care  
6.1.18 Foster Care Payment Policy  
6.1.19 Foster Carers Charter  
6.1.20 Fostering Services, Alcohol, Drugs and Solvents Policy  
6.1.21 The Fostering Network, Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England (2015)  



Adoption and Permanence

  See also Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption and Matching  
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 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.15 Child Arrangements Orders  
6.2.16 Permanency Panel Procedure  
6.2.17 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.18 Financial Support for Special Guardianship and Child Arrangements Orders  
6.2.19 Payment of Legal Fees  
6.2.20 Life Journey Books Guidance  
6.2.21 Later Life Letters  
6.2.22 Safety in the Home for Adopters  
6.2.23 Smoking Policy for Adopters  

7. Corporate Parenting

7.1 The Right Side of Care: Wirral Corporate Parenting Strategy 2014 - 2016  

8. Appendices

8.1 Scheme of Delegation Updated
8.2 Contacts Updated
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
8.4 Presentation from Manual Launch Event, September 2012  
8.5 Research into Practice  
8.6 Amendments