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EalingChildren's Services Procedures Manual

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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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

CAPTION: All children
   

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation - under review


1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Early Help Framework  
1.2.2 Ealing's Assessment Protocol & Thresholds of Need Guide Updated


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Initial Contacts, Referrals and Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service (ECIRS)  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Local Protocol for Assessment  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Ealing Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures  
1.3.5 Team and Transfer Protocols  
1.3.6 Timescales and Standards Updated


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
  See: Ealing's Legal Proceedings Protocol  
1.5.4 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)  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) Updated


 

1.8

Safeguarding Children

 
1.8.1 Vulnerabilities Screening Tool - see: Local Resources, Safeguarding Children  
1.8.2 Vulnerable and Exploited CYP Guidance - see: Local Resources, Safeguarding Children  
1.8.3 Online Safety Policy Updated
1.8.4 Safeguarding Children Missing from Care, Home and Education - Ealing Local Practice Guidance  
1.8.5 Neglect Toolkit - see: Local Resources, Safeguarding Children  
1.8.6 Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked - see: Local Resources, Safeguarding Children  


 

1.9

Ealing Local Protocols

 
1.9.1 Protocol for Joint Working Arrangements: West London Mental Health NHS Trust Adult services and Children's Social Care  
1.9.2 Emergency Duty Team  
1.9.3 Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)  

2. Case Management and Recording

CAPTION: Case Management
   
2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Chronology Practice Guidance  
2.7 Data Protection  
2.8 Supervision Policy  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

CAPTION: Particular Circumstances
   

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  
3.1.4 Transition  
3.1.5 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.4.2 Private Fostering Updated


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Relinquished Children

 
3.6.1 Relinquished Children  

4. Looked After Children

CAPTION: Looked After
   

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care and Residential Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.5 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.6 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.8 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.9 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events Updated


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

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


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plan Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody – Sentenced or Remanded  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody – Sentenced or Remanded  
4.9.3 Protocol between Ealing Youth Justice Service and Ealing Safeguarding and Support Services  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.9.4 London Protocol for Children in Custody  

5. Fostering and Adoption

CAPTION: Fostering and adoption
   

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
5.1.4 Exemptions/Variations to Foster Carer Terms of Approval  
5.1.5 Supervisory Visits to Foster Carers Updated
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers - under review  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption and Permanence Panel - under review  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers or Prospective Adopters - under review  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption  
5.2.17 Life Appreciation Days  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Updated

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

CAPTION: Decision Makers
   
6.1 Local Contacts - under review  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers - under review  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments