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Newcastle Children's Services Procedures Manual: Contents

August 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 with Disabilities
  5. Children from Abroad
  6. Looked After Children
  7. Fostering
  8. Adoption
  9. Practice Guidance
  10. Protocols
  11. Local Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Participation of Children and Young People in Assessments and Decision Making  
1.1.5 Structure of Newcastle Children's Social Care  
1.1.6 Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board: Core Standards for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People in Newcastle  
1.1.7 Staff Supervision and Guidance including Caseload Management  
1.1.8 Safe Working Policy and Procedure  


 

1.2

Early Help Assessments and Thresholds for Children's Social Care

 
1.2.1 Early Help Assessment
(Newcastle SCB Procedures Manual)
 
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance & Continuum of Help and Support Framework
(Newcastle SCB Procedures Manual)
 
1.2.3 Children in Need Procedure
(Newcastle SCB Procedures Manual)
 
  See also Threshold Criteria for Looked After Children  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Receiving Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Statutory Assessments (Child and Family Assessments) Updated
1.3.3 Transfer of Cases between Authorities  
1.3.4 Protocol: Criteria for Transfer from Initial Response Service  
1.3.5 Protocol: Criteria for Transfer from Long Term Social Work Service to 16 Plus  
1.3.6 Taking Referrals where there is a Safeguarding Concern: Practice Guidance  
1.3.7 Practice Guidance - Review Child and Family Assessment  


 

1.4

Safeguarding in Children’s Social Care

 
1.4.1 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.4.2 Strategy Meetings  
1.4.3 Initial Child Protection Conferences  
1.4.4 Child Protection Plans  
1.4.5 Core Groups  
1.4.6 Child Protection Review Conferences  
1.4.7 Discontinuation of a Child Protection Plan  
1.4.8 Protocol between Children's Safeguarding Standards Unit and Children's Social Care  
1.4.9 Mandatory Visits for children subject of Child Protection and Child in Need Plans: Practice Guidance  
1.4.10 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated


 

1.5

Court Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Emergency or Immediate Action  
1.5.5 Police Protection  
1.5.6 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.5.7 Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  


 

1.6

Miscellaneous

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need) Updated
1.6.2 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities
(Newcastle SCB Procedures Manual)
 
1.6.3 Guidance for Joint Working with Children and Families with HIV/ AIDS  
1.6.4 Children Missing from Home  


 

1.7

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.7.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing - to follow  
  See also Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and employers in Health and Social Care (2014)  
  See also Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children’s Social Care Services - Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers  
1.7.3 What to do if you want to make a Complaint, Comment or Suggestion  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Case Closure  
2.5 Documentation Guidance  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.7 Foster Care Case Recording  


3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need: Service Delivery  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.4 Vulnerable Young People  
3.5 Young Carers  


4. Children with Disabilities

See also additional local documentation in the Documents Library.

4.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.2 Children with Disabilities Team: Access to Services Eligibility Criteria  
4.3 Direct Payments  
4.4 Short Breaks for Disabled Children Updated
4.5 Protocol between Children with Disabilities Team and Children and Families Social Work Teams  
4.6 Transfer Protocol for Disabled Young People Moving from Children to Adult Social Care Services  
4.7 Protocol: Children's Hospital Social Work Team and the Initial Response Service and Long Term Social Work Teams / Units  


5. Children from Abroad

See also additional local documentation in the Documents Library.

5.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
5.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
5.3 Leaving Care Support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
5.4 Protocol for Transfer of Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers between Children's Social Care and the Community and Housing Directorate  
5.5 Guidance on Procedures for Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum  
5.6 Risk of Trafficking  
  See also the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual, Cases with a Foreign Element  


6. Looked After Children

See also additional local documentation in the Documents Library.

6.1

Strategy, Standards and Thresholds

 
6.1.1 Newcastle's Pledge to Looked After Children - under review  
6.1.2 Threshold Criteria for Looked After Children  
6.1.3 Child's Journey through the Care System  
6.1.4 Protocol for Transfer from the Looked After Children Team to the Leaving Care Team  
6.1.5 Care Team for Looked After Children  


 

6.2

Care Planning and Placements

 
6.2.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.2.2 Community Arrangements Panel  
6.2.3 Permanence Policy  
6.2.4 Care Planning  
6.2.5 Care Planning Meetings  
6.2.6 Placement Planning Meetings  
6.2.7 Placements in Foster Care  
6.2.8 Placements in Residential Care  
6.2.9 Out of Area Placements  
6.2.10 Placements outside England and Wales  
6.2.11 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.2.12 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
6.2.13 Children being Cared for by Family and Friends: Practice Guidance  
6.2.14 Placements of a Child in Care with Parents Updated
6.2.15 Reunification Policy  
6.2.16 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
6.2.17 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation and Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.2.18 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.19 Written Agreements  
6.2.20 Guidance for Placement Disruption Meetings  
6.2.21 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.2.22 Newcastle’s Delegated Authority Decision Support Tool  
6.2.23 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
6.2.24 Responding to Children and Young People who are missing from Placement  
6.2.25 Ceasing to Look After a Child  


 

6.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
6.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
6.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
6.3.3 Looked After Child Reviews  
6.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated
6.3.5 Dispute Resolution Procedure  
  See also Protocol between Children's Safeguarding Standards Unit and Children's Social Care  
6.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
6.3.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  


 

6.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
6.4.1 Contact With Parents/Adults and Siblings  
6.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated
6.4.3 Staying Over: Policy and Guidance  


 

6.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
6.5.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
6.5.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
6.5.3 Education of Looked After Children  
6.5.4 Sixteen and Seventeen Year Olds in Care wishing to Holiday on their Own or with Friends  
6.5.5 Resource Allocation Key Stage 4 Ages 14 Plus Guidance  


 

6.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
6.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
6.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
6.6.5 Completion of Immunisation Programmes in Children and Young People  


 

6.7

Identity

 
6.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
6.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
6.7.3 Applying for a Passport for a Looked After Child  
6.7.4 National Insurance Numbers  


 

6.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
  Care Leavers Charter (Department for Education)  
6.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.8.2 Staying Put Policy  
6.8.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.8.4 Additional Help for Care Leavers Attending Higher Education  
  See also: Protocol for Transfer from the Looked After Children Team to the Leaving Care Team  
  See also Leaving Care Support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
  See also Ceasing to Look After a Child  


7. Fostering

All of the chapters in this section were added to the manual in March 2015

In addition, click here for additional Local Good Practice Guidelines

7.1 Principles Underpinning Fostering Policy and Procedure  
7.2 Fostering Panel  
7.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.4 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
7.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also Foster Care Case Recording  
  See also Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
  See also Joint Protocol Between Northumbria Police and Local Authority Regarding Children and Young People Who Go Missing from Home and  Care (Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual)  


8. Adoption

  Introduction  
8.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters Updated
8.2 Adoption Panel  
8.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
8.4 Adoption Support  
8.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
8.6 Adoption Reviews  
8.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
8.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
8.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
8.10 Non Agency Adoption  
8.11 Adoption Case Records  
8.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
8.13 Intermediary Services  
8.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
8.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
8.16 Life Story Books Guidance  
8.17 Later Life Letters  
8.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
8.19 Relinquished Children  


9. Practice Guidance

  See also additional local documentation in the Documents Library.  
9.1 Risk Management Procedure: Threats made against Staff  
9.2 Writing Briefing Notes to Director or Service Managers  
9.3 Lone Working Framework: Emergency Duty Team  


10. Protocols

10.1 Protocol between Newcastle Youth Offending Team and Newcastle Children's Services Directorate  
10.2 Media Protocol for Children's Social Care Staff  


11. Local Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers and Appendices

11.1 Local Contacts  
11.2 Designated Managers  
11.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
11.4 NICE Guidelines: When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
11.5 Local Keywords  
11.6 Amendments  

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