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Bedford Borough Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

April 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. Looked After Children
  3. Adoption and Permanence
  4. Fostering Services
  5. Leaving Care and Transition
  6. Case Management and Recording
  7. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Induction, Information and Welcome Pack  
1.1.3 Quality Assurance Strategy  
1.1.4 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.5 Consultation Policy  
1.1.6 Supervision Policy  
1.1.7 Practice Standards: When Referral to Children's Services are Regarding the Family or Member of Bedford Borough Staff, or Anyone they have a Personal Relationship With  
1.1.8 Participation Strategy for Children and Young People 2016 - 2017  

   

1.2

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)/Early Help

 
1.2.1 Early Help Strategy 2015 - 2018  
1.2.2 Early Help Assessment  
1.2.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
1.2.4 Family Group Meeting  
1.2.5 A Child Centred System - Understanding Thresholds  

   

1.3

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Missing

 
1.3.1 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.3.2 Children Who Run Away or Go Missing/Absent From Home or Care Updated

   

1.4

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.4.1 Children's Services Team Processes (Flowchart)  
1.4.2 Single Assessment Updated
1.4.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.4.4 Complex Strategy Meetings - Practice Guide New
1.4.5 Strategy Meetings - Practice Guide New
1.4.6 Child in Need  
1.4.7 Pre-birth Child Protection Procedure (Bedfordshire SCB)  
  See also: Transfer Protocol - A Protocol for the Transfer of Cases between Teams within the Children's Social Care Service  

   

1.5

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

 
1.5.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children - under review  
1.5.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  

   

1.6

Children in Need

 
1.6.1 Young Carers  
1.6.2 Quick Guide to BAP/ MAP & Children’s Placements Team  
  See also: Child in Need Plans and Reviews  

   

1.7

Court Proceedings

 
1.7.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.7.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.7.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
1.7.4 Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders (The East of England Children's Services)  
1.7.5 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  

   

1.8

Children with Disabilities

 
1.8.1 Children With Disabilities Team  
1.8.2 Direct Payments  
1.8.3 Short Breaks  
1.8.4 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  

   

1.9

Child Protection

 
  See also: Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children Boards Procedures Manual  
1.9.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  
1.9.2 MAPPA - Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements  
1.9.3 Guidance on Child Protection Visiting  


2. Looked After Children

2.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
2.1.1 Looked After Children Strategy  
2.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
2.1.3 Family and Friends Care  
2.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
2.1.5 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
2.1.6 Permanence Planning Guidance  
2.1.7 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings Updated
2.1.8 Placements in Foster Care  
2.1.9 Long Term Foster Care  
2.1.10 Placements in Residential Care  
2.1.11 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
2.1.12 A Guide for Staff working with Looked After Children under the provisions of LASPO in Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service and Bedford Borough/Central Bedfordshire Children’s Services.  
2.1.13 Remand to Youth Detention Accommodation (YDA) and Remand to Local Authority Accommodation (LAA) guidance for Court Officers  
2.1.14 Out of Area Placements  
2.1.15 Placements in Secure Accommodation Updated
2.1.16 Placements with Parents  
2.1.17 Placements Outside England and Wales  
2.1.18 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
2.1.19 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.1.20 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
2.1.21 Notification of Significant Events  

   

2.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
2.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
2.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
2.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
2.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officer  
2.2.6 Case Escalation Process  
2.2.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  

   

2.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.3.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings  
2.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  

   

2.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
2.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
2.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  

   

2.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
2.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
2.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
2.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
2.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  

   

2.6

Identity

 
2.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
2.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


3. Adoption

3.1

Adoption and Permanence

 
  Statement of Purpose  
3.1.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
3.1.2 Adoption Panel  
3.1.3 Placement for Adoption  
3.1.4 Adoption Support  
3.1.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
3.1.6 Adoption Reviews  
3.1.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
3.1.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
3.1.9 Inter Country Adoption - under review  
3.1.10 Non Agency Adoption  
3.1.11 Adoption Case Records  
3.1.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
3.1.13 Intermediary Services  
3.1.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
3.1.15 Later Life Letters  
3.1.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

   

3.2

Special Guardianship

 
3.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders - under review Updated
3.2.2 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
3.2.3 Child Arrangements Orders  


4. Fostering Services

  Statement of Purpose  
4.1 Private Fostering  
4.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.3 Fostering Panel  
4.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
4.5 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
4.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
4.7 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
4.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
4.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


5. Leaving Care and Transition

5.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.2 Staying Put Supported and Staying Put Lodgins Carers Updated
5.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers - to follow  
5.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


6. Case Management and Recording

6.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
6.2 Case Records for Looked After Children (including Retention) Updated
6.3 Access to Records  
6.4 Transfer Protocol - A Protocol for the Transfer of Cases between Teams within the Children's Social Care Service New
6.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
6.6 Caseload Policy  


7. Appendices

7.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.3 Local Resources  
7.4 Amendments  

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