Contents

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


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
  See also Practice Standards  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Code of Conduct for Employees  
1.1.4 Children's Social Work Supervision Policy and Guidance Notes (Practitioners)  
1.1.5 North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
1.1.6 Social Work Progression Framework  
1.1.7 Newly Qualified Social Worker Assessed and Supported Year in Employment Framework  
1.1.8 Social Worker Job Transfer Process Guidance  


 

1.2

Early Help and Family Engagement Service

 
1.2.1 Early Help Guidance: Integrated Working With Children, Young People and Families With Vulnerable or Complex Needs (Rotherham LSCB)  
1.2.2 Families For Change (FfC)  
1.2.3 Family Group Conference Service  


 

1.3

Thresholds, LSCB Protocol and Guidance

1.3.1 Rotherham Multi-Agency Continuum of Need Guidance  
1.3.2 Multi-Agency Threshold Descriptors  


 

1.4

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.4.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.4.2 Assessments  
  See also Child Sexual Exploitation Referral Pathway (CYPS Staff)  
1.4.3 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.4.4 Step Up/ Step Down Protocol  
1.4.5 Evolve - Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation Team  
1.4.6 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures  
1.4.7 Transfer of Cases - to follow  


 

1.5

Child in Need

 
1.5.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.5.2 North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  


 

1.6

Court Proceedings

 
1.6.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.6.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.6.3 North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
1.6.4 Legal Gateway Planning Meetings  
1.6.5 Private Law - Section 7 and 37 Reports  
1.6.6 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2014)  
  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  


 

1.7

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.7.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing (Confidential Reporting Code)  


 

1.8

Notifications

 
1.8.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.8.2 Need to Know Procedure: Essential Reporting for Safeguarding and Children’s Services  


2. Case Management and Recording

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


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

 
3.1.1 Children’s Disability Team  
3.1.2 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  


 

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 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.3.2 Joint Housing Protocol for 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.3.3 Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds Practice Guidance  


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Policy and Procedure  
3.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Relinquished Children

 
3.6.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.7

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 
  (see Child Protection Planning including Initial Child Protection Conference and Visits (Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual))  
3.7.1 Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers (Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)  
3.7.2 North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
3.7.3 Missing from Home and Care Operating Guidance  
3.7.4 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)  


4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
4.1.1 Rotherham Looked After Children and Care Leavers Sufficiency Strategy 2017-2020  
4.1.2 Looked After and Adopted Children’s Therapeutic Team Statement of Purpose  
4.1.3 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.6 Placement Planning, Placement Support and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 For Residential Care: see the Placements Manual for Commissioned Placements  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 For Out of Area: see the Placements Manual for Commissioned Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 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  
4.3.3 Independent Visitors  
4.3.4 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.6 Challenge and Escalation Process Guidance - Safeguarding Children Unit – Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO’s) and Conference Chairs  
4.3.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.8 Children Accommodated by Health and Education Authorities, Residential Care Homes, Nursing Homes or Mental Nursing Homes  
4.3.9 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

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 Children  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
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  
4.7.3 Tattooing and Body Piercing Policy  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put Policy  
4.8.3 Guide to Financial Support for Young People Leaving Care in Rotherham  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Rotherham Looked After Team and Rotherham Youth Offending Team Draft Joint Protocol  
4.9.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.3 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  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
5.1.1 Fostering Service - Statement of Purpose  
5.1.2 Foster Carers Charter  
5.1.3 Fostering Panel  
5.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.5 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Policy for Funding Extensions and Adaptations to the Homes of Local Authority Foster Carers and Adopters  
5.1.7 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.8 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Adoption - Statement of Purpose  
5.2.2 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
  See also: Policy for Funding Extensions and Adaptations to the Homes of Local Authority Foster Carers and Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
  See also: Relinquished Children  
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 Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
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  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated


 

5.3

Other Permanence Options

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
5.3.3 Child Arrangements Order (with Residence Requirement) Allowance  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
6.3 Amendments