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Redbridge Children and Families Service Procedures Manual - Contents

February 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. Policy Values and Strategy
  2. Preventive and Supportive Services
  3. Looked After Services
  4. Fostering Services
  5. Adoption and Permanence
  6. Appendices


1. Policy Values and Strategy

1.1

Policy and Values

 
1.1.1 Policy Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Family and Friends Care Policy - under review  


 

1.2

Strategy

 
1.2.1 Consultation and Participation Strategy  
1.2.2 Partnership with Children and Young People  
1.2.3 Evidence Informed Practice Strategy  
1.2.4 Quality Assurance Strategy - under review  
1.2.5 Early Intervention Strategy  
1.2.6 Child Poverty Strategy  
1.2.7 Joint Commissioning Strategy - under review  
1.2.8 SEN Commissioning Strategy 2013 - 2015  
1.2.9 Corporate Parenting Strategy 2013 - 2016  
1.2.10 Looked After Children Placements Commissioning and Sufficiency Strategy  
1.2.11 Taking Action to end Violence Against Women and Girls in Redbridge  
1.2.12 Strategy to Reduce On-Street Prostitution  
1.2.13 Children’s Services learning and Development Programme 2016 – 2017  


 

1.3

Referral and Assessment

 
1.3.1 Assessments  
1.3.2 Thresholds Guidance  
1.3.3 Children in Need  
1.3.4 Referral to Disabled Children's Team  
1.3.5 Eligibility Criteria for Accessing Short Breaks  
1.3.6 Eligibility for Care Support Services for Disabled Children and Young People  
1.3.7 Short Breaks Service and Referrals  


 

1.4

Allocation of Work

 
1.4.1 Workflow Between Social Work Teams - Transfers Protocol - to follow  
1.4.2 Children Placed in the Area by Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
1.4.3 Transfer of Child Protection Cases  
1.4.4 Transfer Process to the Leaving Care Team - under review  
1.4.5 Transfer Panel Process  


 

1.5

Court Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and Public Law Outline  
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Section 7 and 37 Reports  
1.5.5 Care Planning Practice Guidance  


 

1.6

Safeguarding Children

 
  Please also consult the London Child Protection Procedures  
1.6.1 Children Missing from Education  
1.6.2 Children Missing from Care or Home  
1.6.3 When to Convene a Child Protection Conference - under review  
1.6.4 Arranging Medical Examinations  
1.6.5 Death or Serious Injury to a Child  
1.6.6 Sexual Communication with a Child  
1.6.7 Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) Meeting Guidance  
1.6.8 Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Threshold Table  
1.6.9 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.6.10 Risk Assessment Tool for Children at Risk of Radicalisation  
1.6.11 Visits to Children and Young People on a Child Protection Plan  


 

1.7

Private Fostering

 
1.7.1 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  
1.7.2 Private Fostering Policy and Procedures  
1.7.3 Private Fostering: Support Information and Advice  


 

1.8

Complaints, Whistleblowing and Compliments

 
1.8.1 Corporate and Statutory Complaints within Children’s Services  
1.8.2 Compliments  
1.8.3 Getting the Best from Complaints  
1.8.4 Working with Member and MP Enquiries  


 

1.9

Children's Records

 
1.9.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.9.2 Case File Retention  
1.9.3 Archiving and Retention  
1.9.4 Subject Access Request  
1.9.5 Keeping Safeguarding / Child Protection Records on Individual Pupils - Guidance for Schools  


 

1.10

Miscellaneous

 
1.10.1 Contributions and Charges  
1.10.2 Delegated Authority for Children (Non-Financial)  


2. Preventive and Supportive Services

2.1

Children in Need

 
2.1.1 Family Group Conferences  
2.1.2 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
2.1.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  


 

2.2

Children with Disabilities

 
2.2.1 Children's Disability Service  
2.2.2 Direct Payments  
2.2.3 An Introduction to Care Packages/Short Breaks  
2.2.4 Short Breaks Booklet  
2.2.5 Respite Care  


3. Looked After Services

3.1

Planning for Looked After Children

 
3.1.1 Permanence Planning Guidance  
3.1.2 Commissioning and Placements Panel for Children Living Away From Home Terms of Reference  
3.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
3.1.4 Commissioning and Placements Panel  
3.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
3.1.6 Placement Stability Meeting Process  
3.1.7 HM Revenue and Customs Letter  


 

3.2

Placements

 
3.2.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
3.2.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
3.2.3 Placements with Parents  
3.2.4 Placement in Foster Care  
3.2.5 Placement with Connected Person  
3.2.6 Placement in Residential Care  
3.2.7 Out of Area Placements  
3.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.9 Placement in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
3.2.10 Placement Outside England and Wales  
3.2.11 YJB Protocol for Court Ordered Secure Remands  


 

3.3

Monitoring Placements

 
3.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
3.3.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Service  


 

3.4

Advocacy

 
  Advocacy for Looked After Children and Care Leavers  
3.4.1 What is Advocacy and Eligibility Criteria  
3.4.2 Advocacy Escalation Protocol  
3.4.3 Role of Advocacy in Dispute Resolution (S. 118 Protocol)  
3.4.4 Role of Advocacy in Child Care Reviews  
3.4.5 Role of Advocacy in Active Care Proceedings  
3.4.6 Confidentiality Statement for Children and Young People  


 

3.5

Reviews

 
3.5.1 Looked After Reviews Updated
3.5.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
3.5.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
3.5.4 IRO Monitoring Role  


 

3.6

Contact with Family and Friends

 
3.6.1 Short Stays Away  
3.6.2 Overnight Stays  
3.6.3 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  


 

3.7

Virtual Schools

 
3.7.1 Virtual School Brochure  
3.7.2 Virtual School Annual Report 2015  


 

3.8

Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

 
3.8.1 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips in the UK  
3.8.2 Holidays and School/Organisation Trips Outside the UK  
3.8.3 Leisure and Activities  
3.8.4 Correspondence, Communication and Social Networking  


 

3.9

Health and Wellbeing

 
3.9.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
3.9.2 Withholding or Withdrawing Life Support for Children  
3.9.3 Testing for Blood Borne Infections  
3.9.4 Sexual Health  
3.9.5 Self Harming  
3.9.6 SDQS Questionnaire  
3.9.7 Recording Health Assessments - ICS  
3.9.8 Redbridge Public Health Service Directory 2014 - 2015  


 

3.10

Privacy and Personal Care

 
3.10.1 Personal Care and Relationships  
3.10.2 Children's Bedrooms  
3.10.3 Hair and Skin Care  
3.10.4 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.10.5 Touch Guidance  


 

3.11

Identity

 
3.11.1 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
3.11.2 Change of Name of a Looked After Child New


 

3.12

Leaving Care

 
3.12.1 Information for Young People in Care and Care Leavers New
3.12.2 Charter for Care Leavers  
3.12.3 Leaving Care Policy - Support for Young People Leaving Care - under review  
3.12.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.12.5 Staying Put Policy  


 

3.13

Miscellaneous

 
3.13.1 Birthday Grants 2015 - 2016  
3.13.2 Dispute Resolution Protocol  


4. Fostering Services

4.1 Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
4.2 Fostering and Adoption Panel  
4.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
4.4 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
4.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
4.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
4.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
4.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
4.9 Anti-Smoking Policy for Carers  


5. Adoption and Permanence

5.1

Adoption and Permanence

 
5.1.1 Adoption Statement of Purpose Updated
5.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
5.1.3 Adoption Panel  
5.1.4 Placement for Adoption Updated
5.1.5 Adoption Support  
5.1.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.1.7 Adoption Reviews  
5.1.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.1.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.1.10 Inter Country Adoption  
5.1.11 Non Agency Adoption  
5.1.12 Adoption Case Records  
5.1.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.1.14 Intermediary Services  
5.1.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  


 

5.2

Other Permanence

 
5.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders - under review  
5.2.2 Permanency Policy  
5.2.3 Permanence Tracking Panel Terms of Reference  
5.2.4 Process for Children  


 

5.3

Guidance

 
5.3.1 Life Story Work Principles and Procedure  


6. Appendices

6.1 Children's Representation Procedure Regulations 2006  
6.2 Redbridge Panel Guide  
6.3 Employment Byelaws - under review  
6.4 Amendments  

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