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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Supervision - Supporting Staff in a Challenging Social Care Environment  
1.1.4 Social Work Practice Standards Updated
1.1.5 Managers Practice Standards  
1.1.6 Performance Management and Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.7 Equality and Diversity - to follow  


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 What is Early Help?  
1.2.2 Wirral SCB: Multi-agency Thresholds  
1.2.3 Transfer to Children's Social Care from Early Help - to follow  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments Updated
1.3.3 Referral to Emergency Duty Team  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Wirral Local Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures  
1.3.5 Pre-Birth Procedure New
1.3.6 Allocation of Work and Transfer Between Teams  
1.3.7 Family Group Conferences  
1.3.8 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans Across Local Authority Boundaries New


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Procedure  
1.4.2 Child in Need Guidance - Practitioner and Multi-Agency Summary Handbook - under review  
1.4.3 North West Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries New


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings - Legal Gatekeeping  
1.5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
1.5.5 Discharge of Care Order  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers July 2014  
1.5.6 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer Across Local Authority Boundaries New

 
 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
  1.6.1a Child Friendly Complaints and Comments Policy  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
1.6.3 Complaints Policy and Procedure  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Producing Chronologies and Recording Significant Events  
2.7 Issuing of Privacy Notices (Formally Fair Processing) in Children's Specialist Services  
2.8 Workload Management Scheme  
2.9 Managing Vexatious and Unreasonable Communication  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

 
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Wirral Council Procedures and Guidance for Social Care's Role Within the Education Health Care Process New
3.1.3 Education, Health and Care Plan Quality Assurance Framework New
3.1.4 Direct Payments  
3.1.5 Short Breaks  
3.1.6 Individual Budgets for Children and Young People  

3.2

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery New
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation Updated


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  
3.5.3 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Missing Children

 
3.8.1 Wirral Safeguarding Children Board – Children and Families Who Go Missing  


 

3.9

Child Sexual Exploitation

 
3.9.1 Wirral Safeguarding Children Board – Child Sexual Exploitation  


4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.2.11 Placement Stability, Procedure and Guidance  
4.2.12 Children's Homes Regulation 44 Visits Guidance and Procedures  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults, Siblings and Connected Persons  
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Looked After Children  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention - under review  
4.6.5 Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire Procedure  
4.6.6 Drugs and Substance Use - to follow  
4.6.7 Medication and Healthcare Procedures  
4.6.8 GP's, Dentists and Opticians - to follow  
4.6.9 Sexual Health Policy for Staff Working with Young People Under 19 Years New
4.6.10 Self-Harm and Suicide - to follow  
4.6.11 BAAF Practice Note 53 – Looked After Children at Risk of Blood Bourne Infection  
4.6.12 HIV - to follow  
4.6.13 Internet Safety  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
4.8.4 Young People's Pathway Policy  
4.8.5 Charter for Care Leavers (DfE)  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
5.1.1 Fostering Policy - to follow  
5.1.2 Fostering Panel  
5.1.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.4 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval - under review  
5.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.9 The Fostering Network, Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol England (2015)  
5.1.10 Emergency Duty Team Service and Out of Hours Support to Foster Carers - to follow  
5.1.11 Foster Care Agreement - to follow  
5.1.12 Foster Carer Payment for Skills (FPS) Model and the Tasks, Skills, Competencies (TSC) Framework - to follow  
5.1.13 Payment for Skills Carer Progression Guidance - to follow  
5.1.14 Foster Carer Annual Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Review - to follow  
5.1.15 Supporting Placements and Managing Disruptions - to follow  
5.1.16 Long Term Competencies Report Foster Carers - to follow  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption and Matching Updated
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements Updated
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements Updated
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption Updated
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services Updated
5.2.14 Life Journey Books Guidance Updated
5.2.15 Later Life Letters Updated
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments  

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