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Redbridge Children and Families Service Procedures Manual - Contents

NOTE: The contents of this manual are currently Under Review.

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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

Caption: contents list


Policy and Values

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



Referral and Assessment

1.2.1 Assessments  
1.2.2 Thresholds Guidance  
1.2.3 Children in Need  
1.2.4 Referral to Disabled Children's Team  
1.2.5 Eligibility Criteria for Accessing Short Breaks  
1.2.6 Eligibility for Care Support Services for Disabled Children and Young People  
1.2.7 Short Breaks Service and Referrals  
1.2.8 Capacity and Consent New



Allocation of Work

1.3.1 Workflow Between Social Work Teams - Transfers Protocol - to follow  
1.3.2 Children Placed in the Area by Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
1.3.3 Transfer of Child Protection Cases  
1.3.4 Transfer Process to the Leaving Care Team - under review  
1.3.5 Transfer Panel Process  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Section 7 and 37 Reports  
1.4.5 Care Planning Practice Guidance  



Safeguarding Children

  Please also consult the London Child Protection Procedures  
1.5.1 Children Missing from Education  
1.5.2 Children Missing from Care or Home  
1.5.3 When to Convene a Child Protection Conference - under review  
1.5.4 Arranging Medical Examinations  
1.5.5 Death or Serious Injury to a Child  
1.5.6 Sexual Communication with a Child  
1.5.7 Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) Meeting Guidance  
1.5.8 Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Threshold Table  
1.5.9 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.5.10 Risk Assessment Tool for Children at Risk of Radicalisation  
1.5.11 Visits to Children and Young People on a Child Protection Plan  



Private Fostering

1.6.1 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  
1.6.2 Private Fostering  
1.6.3 Private Fostering: Support Information and Advice  



Complaints, Whistleblowing and Compliments

1.7.1 Corporate and Statutory Complaints within Children’s Services  
1.7.2 Compliments  
1.7.3 Getting the Best from Complaints  
1.7.4 Working with Member and MP Enquiries  



Children's Records

1.8.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.8.2 Case File Retention  
1.8.3 Archiving and Retention  
1.8.4 Subject Access Request  
1.8.5 Keeping Safeguarding / Child Protection Records on Individual Pupils - Guidance for Schools  
1.8.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff New
1.8.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices New




1.9.1 Contributions and Charges  
1.9.2 Delegated Authority for Children (Non-Financial)  

2. Preventive and Supportive Services


Children in Need

2.1.1 Family Group Conferences  
2.1.2 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
2.1.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  



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  
2.2.6 The Mental Capacity Act 2005  

3. Looked After Services


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  




3.2.1 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 Updated
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  



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 Updated




  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  




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



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  



Virtual Schools

3.7.1 Virtual School for Children Looked After  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

3.8.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  
3.8.2 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips in the UK  
3.8.3 Holidays and School/Organisation Trips Outside the UK  
3.8.4 Leisure and Activities  
3.8.5 Correspondence, Communication and Social Networking  



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  



Privacy and Personal Care

3.10.1 Personal Care and Relationships Updated
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  




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



Leaving Care

3.12.1 Information for Young People in Care and Care Leavers  
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  
3.12.6 Leaving Care and Transition  




3.13.1 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


Adoption and Permanence

5.1.1 Adoption Statement of Purpose  
5.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
5.1.3 Adoption Panel  
5.1.4 Placement for Adoption  
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  



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  




5.3.1 Life Story Work Principles and Procedure  

6. Appendices

6.1 Redbridge Panel Guide  
6.2 Amendments