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Nottinghamshire Children’s Social Care Service Procedures Manual Contents

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  1. Policy Values and Principles
  2. Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care
  3. Case Management and Recording
  4. Referrals, Assessment and Planning
  5. Children in Need
  6. Safeguarding and Child Protection
  7. Legal Planning and Court Procedures
  8. Children with Disabilities
  9. Integrated Children's Disability Service
  10. Children from Abroad
  11. Looked After Children
  12. Fostering
  13. Children’s Homes
  14. Adoption and Permanence
  15. Youth Justice
  16. Documents and Strategies
  17. Appendices


1. Policy Values and Principles

1.1 Strengths-Based Practice Framework Updated
1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.3 Quality Management Framework - under review Updated
1.4 Children's Social Care Supervision (Supplementary Policy)  
1.5 Lone Working  
1.6 Complaints and Representations  
1.7 Whistleblowing Policy (Confidential Reporting)  
1.8 Protocol for Access to Mosaic by Partner Agency Staff  
1.9 Transporting Children and Young People Safely  
1.10 Blood Borne Viruses - H.I.V, Hepatitis B and C  


2. Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care

2.1 Pathway to Provision - Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance  
2.2 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) - A Guide for Professionals  
2.3 Family Service Operating Procedures  
2.4 Family Group Conference  


3. Case Management and Recording

3.1 Written Records (Including Retention)  
3.2 Access to Records/Subject Access Request  
3.3 The Use of Warnings in Social Care Records (Mosaic)  
3.4 Other Agency Requests for Information from Children’s Social Care Records  
3.5 Guidance for Completing Chronologies  
3.6 Transfer Policy  
3.7 Taking Photographs in a Work Context  
3.8 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations by Service Users  
3.9 Protocol between the Children’s Social Care (CSC) and Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection (ASCHPP) where both are involved in case management  
3.10 Drug Testing in Children's Social Care (Oral Fluid Sampling) New


4. Referrals, Assessment and Planning

4.1 Initial Referrals Updated
4.2 Child and Family Assessment  
4.3 Cafcass Plus Scheme - Nottinghamshire  
  See also:  
    Child Protection Enquiries: Interagency Safeguarding Children Procedures of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) and the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)  
    Consent to Medical Examinations  
4.4 Children and Young People who Sexually Harm  
4.5 Concerns Arising from Sexual Activity or Sexual Abuse of Children and Young People  
4.6 Children Accommodated by Health and Education Authorities, Residential Care Homes, Nursing Homes  
  See also: Placing Relinquished Babies for Adoption  
4.7 Guidance for Staff: Reporting Serious Incidents and/or Child Deaths Updated


5. Children in Need

5.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews (including Detention under the Mental Health Act (1983))  
5.2 Private Fostering  
5.3 Young Carers  


6. Safeguarding and Child Protection

  See also: Interagency Safeguarding Children Procedures of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) and the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)
Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) Interagency Safeguarding Children Procedures set out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Included within the procedures is a comprehensive range of guidance documents, which provide further safeguarding advice to practitioners.
 
6.1 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.2 Guidance for Minute Takers of Child Protection Conferences and Complex Multi-Agency Strategy Meetings  
6.3 Child Protection Conference  
  See also: Child Protection Enquiries: Interagency Safeguarding Children Procedures of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) and the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)  
6.4 Participation of Children and Young People, Parents and Carers in the Child Protection Process  
6.5 Children Who Run Away and Go Missing from Home, Care, or Education  
6.6 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
  See also: Pathway to Provision - Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance  
6.7 Historical Cases of Abuse  
6.8 Managing Allegations / Concerns in Relation to Adults who work with Children  
  See also:  
    Investigating Concerns and Allegations Against Foster Carers Including Historical Issues  
    Children and Young People who Sexually Harm  
    Concerns Arising from Sexual Activity or Sexual Abuse of Children and Young People  
6.9 Individuals who Present a Risk to Children  
6.10 Information for General Practitioners/Social Workers Concerning Looked After Children who have a History of Self-Harm  
6.11 CPC Procedure for Raising Urgent Practice Issues & Dispute Resolution Process  
6.12 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
6.13 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing  
6.14 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)  
6.15 Criminal Injuries Compensation  


7. Legal Planning and Court Procedures

  See also:  
  Special Guardianship
  Child Arrangements Orders
7.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
7.2 Pre-Trial Therapy Guidance Protocol  
7.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
7.4 Legal Planning Meetings  
7.5 Welfare Reports (Section 7) Supervision Order (Section 37) Family Assistance Orders (Section 16)  
7.6 Protocol Between Independent Reviewing Officer and Children’s Guardians  
7.7 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  
7.8 Deprivation of Liberty  
7.9 Mental Capacity Practice Resource  


8. Children with Disabilities

8.1 Protocol for Step Down / Step Up of Cases Between CDS Social Work Team and the Short Break Assessment and Review Team  
8.2 Children's Disability Service - Threshold Criteria for Children's Social Care  
8.3 Support for Disabled Parents and Young Carers - Protocol Between Children’s and Adults Social Care  
8.4 Nottinghamshire Short Breaks Statement  
8.5 Policy for the Provision of Holiday Breaks in Residential Units Providing Short Breaks Care for Disabled Children  
8.6 Transition Planning for Young People with Disabilities  
8.7 Moving and Handling of Children and Young People  
8.8 Direct Payments  
8.9 Joint Children's and Young People's Continuing Care Panel  
8.10 Disability Living Allowance - Fostered Children and Foster Carers Updated
  See also:  
    Deprivation of Liberty  
    Mental Capacity Practice Resource  


9. Integrated Children's Disability Service

  See also: Protocol for Step Down / Step Up of Cases Between CDS Social Work Team and the Short Break Assessment and Review Team  
9.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
9.2 Short Breaks (Away from Home)  
 

See also:

 
9.3 Support to Schools - Arrangements for Accessing Top-up Funding for Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Nottinghamshire Mainstream Schools  
9.4 Countywide Children’s Occupational Therapy - Referrals and Assessment  
9.5 Countywide Children’s Occupational Therapy - Legal Framework  
9.6 Countywide Children’s Occupational Therapy - Fast Track Service  
9.7 Countywide Children's Occupational Therapy Criteria for the Provision of Adaptions  
9.8 Countywide Children's Occupational Therapy Criteria for the Provision of Equipment  


10. Children from Abroad

10.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
10.2 No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)  
10.3 Human Rights Assessment  
10.4 Data Sharing Between the UK Visas and Immigration and the Local Authority  


11. Looked After Children

11.1

Social Work Practice and Strategy

 
11.1.1 Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy  
11.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
11.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
11.1.4 Section 20 Accommodation Decisions  
11.1.5 Guidance for Completing Placement Requests (PR)  
11.1.6 Children and Young People Subject to Dual Status  
11.1.7 The Sufficiency Duty in Relation to Accommodation for Looked After Children  
11.1.8 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
11.1.9 Child Trust Funds and Junior ISA's for Looked After Children  
11.1.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
11.1.11 Notifications of Significant Events  
11.1.12 Reducing Offending Behaviour  
  See also:  
    Notification of Children - Arrangements for the Placement of Children (General) Regulations 1991  
    Deprivation of Liberty  
    Mental Capacity Practice Resource  

   

11.2

Placements

 
11.2.1 Placements in Foster Care Updated
11.2.2 Placements with Dog-owning Families (and Prospective Adopters)  
11.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
11.2.4 Residential Placement Planning  
11.2.5 Provision for Mothers and Babies in Order To Assess Parenting Capacity and/or Provide Accommodation  
11.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
11.2.7 Placements with a Relative or Friend (Connected Persons) Updated
11.2.8 Family and Friends Policy and Guidance  
11.2.9 Family Arrangements Policy  
11.2.10 Secure Accommodation – Application, Admission & Reviews  
11.2.11 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
11.2.12 Principles and Practice for the Safeguarding and Transfer of Children & Young People from Police Custody to Local Authority Accommodation & Suitable Accommodation where Bail is Denied  
11.2.13 Placements with Parents  
11.2.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
11.2.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
11.2.16 Notification of Children - Arrangements for the Placement of Children (General) Regulations 1991  
11.2.17 Child Missing and Recovery Orders  
11.2.18 Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Fostering) New

   

11.3

Visits and Reviews

 
11.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
11.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
11.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
11.3.4 IRO Dispute Resolution Process  

   

11.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
11.4.1 Contact Service  
11.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  

   

11.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
11.5.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
11.5.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
11.5.3 Education of Looked After Children Updated

   

11.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
11.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
11.6.2 Consent to Medical Examinations  
11.6.3 Protecting Children from the Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke (Prospective Adopters)  
11.6.4 Personal Care and Relationships  
11.6.5 Behaviour Management  
11.6.6 Personal Health Record of Young People in Children's Homes (Red Book)  
11.6.7 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Operational Guidance  
11.6.8 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team Operating Model  
11.6.9 Flowchart for the Provision of CAMHS Support to Young People Placed in Foster Placements, Residential Care and Pre-Order Adoption Placements Outside Nottinghamshire  
  See also:  
    Adoptive Parents Consultation Request Form  
    Demographic Details & Registration Consultation Request Form  
    Out of County Agreement for Funding Form  
    Out of County Letter  

   

11.7

Identity

 
11.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
11.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  

   

11.8

Leaving Care and Former Looked After Children

 
11.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
11.8.2 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
11.8.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
11.8.4 Transitional Personal Advisor (TPA) Service - Policy and Practice Guidance New
11.8.5 21Plus Service Extended Personal Advisor Support for Care Leavers Aged 21 – 24 years - Policy and Practice Guidance New


12. Fostering

12.1 Fostering Panel  
12.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering Updated
12.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Updated
  See also: Carers who wish to Adopt  
12.4 Staying Put  
12.5 Guidance for Foster Carers on Personal Safety and Incident Reporting Updated
12.6 Foster Carer Case Files Updated
12.7 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval  
12.8 Supervision of Foster Carers Updated
12.9 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated
12.10 Fostering Support Care  
12.11 Assessment of a New Partner for Single Foster Carers  
12.12 Bedroom Sharing in Fostering Households  
12.13 Foster Carer Recording Policy Updated
12.14 Safe Caring Updated
12.15 Religious Identity and Delegated Authority Updated
12.16 Transfer of Foster Carers Policy Updated
  See also:  
    Adaptations (Guidance and Agreements)  
    Transporting Children and Young People Safely  
    Nottinghamshire Fostering Scheme - Payment For Skills  
    Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Adoption) Procedure  
    Protecting Children from the Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke (Prospective Adopters)  
12.17 Investigating Concerns and Allegations Against Foster Carers Including Historical Issues  


13. Children’s Homes

13.1 Statement of Primary Responsibilities for Staff  
13.2 Outcomes Framework for Residential Placements - Guidance for Completion  
13.3 Monthly Inspection Visits Updated
13.4 Physical Intervention (Restraint & Disengagement) in Residential Settings  
13.5 First Aid Home Remedies and Medication  
13.6 Contacting the Police in respect of Children in Residential Care  
13.7 Substance Misuse  
13.8 Exit Interviews - Children's Homes  
13.9 Fire Precautions in Residential and Day Establishments  


14. Adoption and Permanence

14.1

Adoption

 
  See also: Adoption East Midlands  
14.1.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
  See also: Protecting Children from the Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke (Prospective Adopters)  
14.1.2 Adoption Panel  
14.1.3 Prospective Adopters Attending Panel  
14.1.4 Carers who wish to Adopt  
14.1.5 Independent Birth Family Counselling Service  
14.1.6 Working with and Supporting Birth Families  
14.1.7 Adoption Plans and Contact Arrangements (Including The Letterbox Scheme)  
14.1.8 Placement for Adoption  
14.1.9 Placing Relinquished Babies for Adoption  
14.1.10 Adoption Planning for Sibling Groups  
14.1.11 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
14.1.12 Child Placements Preparatory Information  
14.1.13 Featuring Children in the Media  
14.1.14 Inter-Agency Placements  
14.1.15 Placement Planning Meetings and Introduction to Adoptive Parents  
14.1.16 Meeting Educational Needs Moving into Adoptive Placements  
  See also: Placements with Dog-owning Families (Foster Carers and Prospective Adopters).  
14.1.17 Adoption Support Services  
14.1.18 Adoption Financial Support  
14.1.19 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
14.1.20 Adoption Reviews  
14.1.21 Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Adoption) Updated
14.1.22 Inter Country Adoption  
14.1.23 Non Agency Adoption  
14.1.24 Adoption Case Records  
14.1.25 Intermediary Services  
14.1.26 Access to Birth Information (Post Commencement Adoptions Orders) Updated
14.1.27 Life Story Work and Preparation for Adoption  
14.1.28 Later Life Letters  
  See also:  
    Adaptations (Guidance and Agreements)  
    Adaptations to Property  
    Protecting Children from the Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke (Prospective Adopters)  
    Placement Support and Disruption Meetings (Adoption) Procedure  

   

14.2

Other Permanence Options

 
14.2.1 Special Guardianship  
14.2.2 Special Guardianship - Financial Support  
14.2.3 Child Arrangements Orders  
14.2.4 Child Arrangements Orders - Financial Support  


15. Youth Justice Service

15.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
15.2 Nottinghamshire’s Youth Justice Service Policies, Procedure and Guidance  


16. Documents and Strategies

16.1

Homelessness

 
16.1.1 Youth Homelessness Prevention Plan  

16.2

Early Years

 
16.2.1 Young People's Health Strategy  
16.2.2 Working with Fathers Strategy  


17. Appendices

17.1 Designated Managers  
17.2 Amendments  

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