Contents


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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 Supervision Policy (Local Resources)  
1.1.2 Vision and Working Principles  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Participation Tool Kit;
  • Mind of My Own.
 
1.1.4 Capacity and Consent Updated


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help  
1.2.2 Thresholds
(North and South of Tyne Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
 


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Assessments Updated
1.3.3 Local Protocol for Assessment - to follow  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • S47 Practitioner Guide;
  • Strategy meeting Practitioner Guide;
  • Statutory Visit Practice Guide.
 
  See also: North and South of Tyne Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures  
1.3.5 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Transfer process CHSW to CwD;
  • Transfer Process IRS to LT;
  • Transfer Process LT to 16+.
 


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Step Down Process.
 


 

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
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • PLO Guidance Documents.
 
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
  NOTE: Legal Planning Meetings are known as Legal Panel in Newcastle  
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: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague

 


 

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)  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Record Keeping - Best Practice Guidance.
 
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 Updated
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

 
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  
  See also: Short Breaks Statement (Local Resources)  
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  


 

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 Updated
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 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 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  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Support for Young Carers.
 


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Mental Health

 
3.8.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 New


4. Looked After Children

Caption: note 1 Looked After Children
   
NOTE: Whilst 'Looked After Children' is a national term and will be used throughout these tri.x procedures for ease of understanding, please be aware that in Newcastle we use the term Children in Our Care.

 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Information for Children in Care.
 

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  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Resource and Care Panel Guidance.
 
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
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  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Placement with Parents a Practice Guide.
 
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
  See also Transracial Placements - Fostering and Adoption Service  
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  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated
4.2.11 Transracial Placements - Fostering and Adoption Service New
  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  
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Statutory Visit Practice Guide.
 
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors (Local Resources)  
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

 
  NOTE: Whilst 'Contact' is a national term and will be used throughout these tri.x procedures for ease of understanding, please be aware that in Newcastle we use the term 'Family Time'.  
 
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  
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/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
 

See additional local information in Local Resources, including:

  • Our Care Leavers Offer;
  • Pathway Planning Best Practice Guidance;
  • Young People's Word List.
 
4.8.2 Staying Put  
  See also: Staying Put Policy in Local Resources  
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  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board - Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and Case Management Guidance  
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 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 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Investigating Standards of Care Concerns (Local Resources)  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
 

Adoption Services in Newcastle are provided by Adopt North East (ANE) the Regional Adoption Agency for North Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland and South Tyneside.

See the Adopt North East Policies, Procedures and Guidance for Staff

 


 

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

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