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Sheffield Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

October 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  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care  
1.1.5 Child Arrangements Order Policy  

   

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

   

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 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  

   

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2

Whistleblowing Policy
(checked May 2018)

See also:
Whistleblowing Helpline - Speak Up
Raising Concerns at Work
Public Concern at Work

 


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 and Conversations Updated


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  
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  
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  
  See also: Children from Abroad (Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)  

   

4.3

Young Carers

 
4.3.1 Young Carers  

   

4.4

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

 
4.4.1 Mental Capacity New
4.4.2 Deprivation of Liberty New


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)  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  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  
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  
5.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.11 Placements with Parents  
5.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
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  
  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 Updated
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 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  
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  
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  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel Updated
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  
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 Updated
6.2.19 Life Appreciation Days  
6.2.20 Relinquished Children Updated


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  
7.4 Amendments  

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