7.2 Scheme of Delegation

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This list is provided for ease of reference, to enable links to made from within procedures to specific decision makers/managers/nominated officers. For the full Scheme of Delegation, please see Local Resources.

This chapter was added to the manual in March 2020.

Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility

Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility Post Title and Contact Details

Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on all adoption matters (some of which will be made on the basis of a recommendation of the Adoption Panel).

Post title: Assistant Director

Agency Decision Maker (Fostering)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on fostering matters (on the basis of recommendations of the Fostering Panel).

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Adoption Panel members.

Post title: Agency Adviser to Panel

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title: Service Manager, who must consult with the Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

The manager who can authorise the change of name of a Looked After Child.

Post title: Service Manager

Designated Manager (Death or Serious Injury to a Child)

The senior manager who should be notified in the event of death or serious injury to a child.

Post title: Assistant Director: Quality Assurance and Involvement Service

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for an Emergency Protection Order.

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Emigration)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked after child outside England and Wales.

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (External Placements)

The manager who can authorise placements of Looked After children with external providers of residential care or foster carers from an independent fostering agency.

Post title: Director

Designated Manager (Marriage)

The manager who can authorise the marriage of a Looked After child.

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Passports)

The manager who can authorise a passport application for a Looked After child.

Post title: Senior Fieldwork Manager

Designated Manager (Private Fostering)

The manager who can approve assessments of private foster carers, impose requirements on private foster carers or decide to prohibit someone from acting as a private foster carer.

Post title: Senior Fieldwork Manager

Designated Manager (Secure Accommodation)

The manager who can authorise:

A placement of a Looked After child in secure accommodation for up to 72 hours without a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

An application for a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

A child's continued secure placement on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel; and/or

Applications to renewal Secure Accommodation Orders on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel.

Post title: Director

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can authorise Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Looked After child.

Post title: Assistant Director

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of special guardianship support to be provided, including financial support to special guardians.

Post title: Assistant Director

Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child outside the area of the local authority.

Post title: Director

Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Looked After Child with Connected Person)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child with a family or friend ('Connected Person') who is not already approved as a foster carer.

Post title: Service Manager

Nominated Officer (Placement of a Looked After Child subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Looked After child with a parent, person with Parental Responsibility or person who held a Residence Order/Child Arrangements Order specifying with whom the child was to reside immediately before the Care Order.

Post title: Assistant Director