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Bedford Borough Children's Services Procedure Manual Contents

January 2019

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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


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Quality Assurance and Learning Framework  
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.4 Supervision Policy  
1.1.5 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  
1.1.6 Participation and Engagement Strategy New



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 Conference Service  
1.2.5 A Child Centred System - Understanding Thresholds  



Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Missing

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



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  
1.4.5 Strategy Meetings - Practice Guide  
1.4.6 Procedure and Guidance in relation to Pre-Birth Planning and Assessments (Bedfordshire SCB)  



Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

1.5.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
1.5.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Children in Need

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



Court Proceedings

1.7.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.7.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.7.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
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)  



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  



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  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity


1.10.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
1.10.2 Mental Capacity Act  

2. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

2.1.1 Looked After Children Strategy  
2.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
2.1.3 Family and Friends Care Updated
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 Updated
2.1.7 Permanency Planning Meetings New
2.1.8 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
2.1.9 Placements in Foster Care  
2.1.10 Long Term Foster Care  
2.1.11 Placements in Residential Care  
2.1.12 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
2.1.13 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.  
2.1.14 Remand to Youth Detention Accommodation (YDA) and Remand to Local Authority Accommodation (LAA) guidance for Court Officers  
2.1.15 Out of Area Placements  
2.1.16 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
2.1.17 Placements with Parents Updated
2.1.18 Placements Outside England and Wales  
2.1.19 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
2.1.20 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.1.21 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
2.1.22 Notification of Significant Events  



Monitoring and Reviews

2.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
2.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
2.2.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
2.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officer  
2.2.5 Case Escalation Process  
2.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

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



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  



Health and Wellbeing

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




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

3. Adoption


Adoption and Permanence

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



Special Guardianship

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

4. Fostering Services

4.1 Statement of Purpose  
4.2 Private Fostering  
4.3 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.4 Fostering Panel  
4.5 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
4.6 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
4.7 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
4.8 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
4.9 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
4.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  

5. Leaving Care and Transition

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

7. Appendices

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