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London Borough of Sutton Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

November 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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.5 Children's Consultation and Participation  


 

1.2

Early Help and LSCB Thresholds for Referral and Assessment

 
1.2.1 Early Help and LSCB Thresholds for Referral and Assessment  
1.2.2 Sutton Threshold Document - Continuum of Need and Support  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments Updated
1.3.3 Developing Local Protocols for Assessment  
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  


 

1.4

Court Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  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

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) Updated
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Case Records and Retention Updated
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests Updated
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings Updated


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
  See also: London Child Protection Procedures  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation  
3.4 Young Carers  
3.5 Deprivation of Liberty New


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  


 

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  

4.3

Relinquished Children

 
4.3.1 Relinquished Children Updated


 

4.4

Mental Capacity

 
4.4.1 Mental Capacity Act 2005  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children Updated
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings Updated
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds - under review  
5.1.12 Placements with Parents  
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK Updated
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  


 

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
5.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.2 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  


6. Fostering and Adoption

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel Updated
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
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 Updated
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records Updated
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


7. Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts Updated
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.4 Amendments  

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