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Bath and North East Somerset Children’s Services Procedure Manual: Contents

December 2017

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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. Relinquished Children
  6. Looked After Children
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

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



CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Early Help Strategy  
1.2.2 Early Help (Common Assessment Framework) (B&NES Council website)  
1.2.3 Threshold for Assessment & Guidance to Level of Service Intervention New
1.2.4 Joint Working Protocol - Social Care / Connecting Families  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Assessment Protocol  
1.3.2 Risk Assessment Guidance  
1.3.3 Case Transfer Protocol  
1.3.4 Equality, Diversity and Cultural Awareness Practice Guidance  
1.3.5 Culture and Diversity - What Good Looks Like  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.3a Legal Planning Meeting Panel Terms of Reference  
1.4.4 Role of IRO in Court Proceedings  
1.4.5 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  




1.5.1 Bath and North East Somerset Pre-Birth Protocol New
1.5.2 Child Death Reviews (South West Child Protection Procedures)  
1.5.3 Bath and North East Somerset Multi-Agency Protocol for Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.4 Bath and North East Somerset Multi Agency Guidance for Female Genital Mutilation New
1.5.5 Child Sexual Exploitation (BaNES SCB and South West Child Protection Procedures)  
1.5.6 Children Missing from Home or Care  
1.5.7 Young People with Sexually Harmful Behaviour Protocol  
1.5.8 The New Way Service (Domestic Violence)  
1.5.9 Advocacy for Parents with a Learning Disability  
1.5.10 Advocacy in the Child Protection Process Protocol  
1.5.11 Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders  
1.5.12 Prevent Strategy  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing (B&NES Intranet)  
1.6.3 Whistleblowing  
1.6.4 Complaints and Appeals Procedure - Child Protection Conferences  
1.6.5 Managing Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers Who Work with Children  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Escalation Policy  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Requests to Share Information  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Keeping Families Safe in the Home  
3.3 Private Fostering Updated
3.4 Young Carers New
3.5 Protocol for Joint Working Across Adult Mental Health Primary Health and Children’s Social Care New
3.6 Bath & North East Somerset LSCB Parenting Strategy  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Disabled Children's Service

4.1.1 Disabled Children's Service  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Disability Living Allowance Policy  
4.1.4 Short Breaks for Disabled Children  
4.1.5 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated

5. Relinquished Children

5.1 Relinquished Children  

6. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
6.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
6.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
6.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
6.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.1.12 Placements with Parents  
6.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.1.15 Delegation of Authority for Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.1.16 Child Benefit for Children in Care  
6.1.17 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims fro Looked After Children  



Monitoring and Reviews

6.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
6.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
6.2.3 The Provision of Advocacy for Children in Care  
6.2.4 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.5 Looked After Reviews  
6.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
6.2.7 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.2.8 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

6.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
6.3.1a Supervised Contact Referral Form  
6.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

6.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
6.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
6.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  
6.4.4 The Virtual School for Children in Care  



Health and Wellbeing

6.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
6.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  




6.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child New
6.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition

6.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.7.2 Staying Put  
6.7.3 Leaving Care Financial Support Policy and Guidance  
6.7.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.7.5 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year old Young People who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation  

7. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

7.1.1 Fostering Panel  
7.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
7.1.8 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers as Approved Prospective Adopters  



Adoption and Permanence

7.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
7.2.2 Adoption Panel  
7.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
7.2.4 Adoption Support  
7.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
7.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
7.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
7.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
7.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.2.13 Intermediary Services  
7.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders New
7.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
7.2.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
7.2.17 Later Life Letters  

8. Appendices

8.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
8.2 Children's Services Supervision Policy  
8.3 Lone Working Policy New
  See also Lone Working Policy - Connecting Families Team  
8.4 Quality Assurance Framework for Safeguarding Children  
8.5 Giving Evidence in Court  
8.6 Caseload and Workload Policy  
8.7 Amendments