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Sheffield Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

May 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. Local Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers 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 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Consultation Policy Updated
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Updated
1.1.5 Child Arrangements Order Policy New

   

1.2

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Family Common Assessment Framework
(checked May 2018)
 
1.2.2 Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support
(checked May 2018)
 

   

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Assessments Updated
1.3.3 Sheffield Social Care Assessment Policy and Guidance Updated
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries Updated
1.3.5 Social Care Fieldwork Services - Transfer Protocol Updated
1.3.6 Person Posing a Risk to Children (PPR) Guidance Updated
1.3.7 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.3.8 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.3.9 Guidance on Completing a Closure Record New

   

1.4

Court Proceedings

 
1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Gateway and Legal Planning Meeting  
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)
(checked May 2018)
 
1.4.5 Section 7 and Section 37 Reports New

   

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing Policy
(checked May 2018)
 


2. Case Management and Recording

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


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Joint Protocol for the Joint Assessment of Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds Updated
3.4 Eligibility for Free Early Learning
(checked May 2018)
 


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 Updated
4.1.3 Short Breaks  

   

4.2

Children from Abroad

 
4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
  See also: Children from Abroad (Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)  

   

4.3

Young Carers

 
4.3.1 Young Carers  


5. Looked After Children

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

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

   

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Sexual Health Policy
(checked May 2018)
 
  See also: Practice Guidance: Supporting Young People with HIV Testing and Prevention  
5.5.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention  

   

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child Updated
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  
 

See also:

 

   

5.8

Youth Offending

 
5.8.1 Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines - (checked May 2018)  
5.8.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.3 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  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  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 Updated
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
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  
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption Updated
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 Updated
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters Updated
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.19 Life Appreciation Days  
6.2.20 Relinquished Children  


7. Local Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers and Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.4 Amendments  

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