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BexleyChildren'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. Joint Operational Policies with Bexley Police
  7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. All Children

1.1

Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Our Vision for Children, Schools and Families in Bexley  
1.1.2 Our Professional Values when we are Working with Children, Young People, Families and Carers  
1.1.3 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.4 Signs of Safety Practice Framework and Expectations New
1.1.5 Social Care Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.6 Bexley Children's Social Care Supervision Policy  


 

1.2

Participation Policy of Children and Young People

 
1.2.1 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.2.2 Positive Journeys - 99 Ways  


 

1.3

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.3.1 Early Help: Family Wellbeing Procedure and Practice Guidance  
1.3.2 The Bexley Threshold: Bexley Safeguarding Partnership - Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley  
1.3.3 Having a Child Through Surrogacy  


 

1.4

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.4.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.4.2 Assessments Updated
1.4.3 Strategy Meetings and Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: London Child Protection Procedures, Child Protection S47 Enquiries  
1.4.4 Allegations Against Persons Who Work with Children  
1.4.5 Neglect  
1.4.6 Team Remit and Case Transfer Between Teams  


 

1.5

Child in Need

 
1.5.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.5.2 Signs of Safety Direct Work Resources New


 

1.6

Legal 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 Case Management Review, Legal Planning Meeting and Pre-Proceedings Protocol  
1.6.4 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)  


 

1.7

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.7.1 Children's Social Care Statutory Complaints Procedure  
1.7.2 Bexley Corporate Complaints Procedure  
1.7.3 Internal Children's Services Escalation Procedure  
1.7.4 Bexley Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure  


 

1.8

Notifications

 
1.8.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  
1.8.2 Bexley Serious Incident Notification Policy  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
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 Case Load Guide for Children's Social Care  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
3.3.2 Modern Day Slavery - Bexley Strategy and Toolkit New
3.3.3 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 Statutory Guidance on Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation and Duty to Refer Updated


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Education Matters

 
3.8.1 Children Missing Education and Pupils Missing Out on Education  
3.8.2 Elective Home Education Policy  
3.8.3 Education Briefing for Social Workers (for Children in Need)  


 

3.9

Children Missing from Home

 
3.9.1 Children Missing from Home New

4. Looked After Children

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 Updated
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Permanence Panel Protocol and Terms of Reference  
4.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
4.1.8 Children's Social Care Resource and Care Panel  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
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 and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 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 and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Virtual School  
4.5.3 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  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Policy to Promote the Welfare of Young Adults Leaving Care Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Support for Young People Leaving Care  
  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 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody Updated
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Managing Allegations and Serious Concerns about 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 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support Updated
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews Updated
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  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

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

6. Joint Operational Policies with Bexley Police

6.1 Child Protection  
6.2 Gangs  
6.3 Missing  
6.4 Child Sexual Exploitation  

7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 Scheme of Delegated Decision Makers
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.4 Amendments