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Kent Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

September 2016

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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. Early Help (including Kent Family Support Framework and Thresholds)
  3. Case Management and Recording
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances (Including Children in Need)
  5. Children in Care
  6. Protocols and Practice Guidance
  7. Fostering
  8. Adoption
  9. Special Guardianship
  10. Practice Guidance
  11. Appendices
  12. Procedures in a Nutshell


1. All Children

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Kent’s Children and Young People Every Day Matters  
1.1.2 Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy 2015-16 - under review  
1.1.3 Kent’s Pledge to Children in Care  
1.1.4 Kent Specialist Children’s Services Participation Strategy - under review  
1.1.5 Practice Standards  
1.1.6 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.7 Consultation Policy  
1.1.8 Supervision Policy  
1.1.9 Case Progression Policy  
1.1.10 Operational Performance Management Framework  
1.1.11 Performance Management Framework  
1.1.12 Peer Review On-line Case File Audit Guidance - under review Updated
1.1.13 Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.14 Family and Friends Care Policy  


 

1.2

Young Carers

 
1.2.1 Young Carers  
1.2.2 Joint Protocol for Young Carers and their Families New


2. Early Help (including Kent Family Support Framework and Thresholds)

2.1

CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
2.1.1 Kent Family Support Framework  
2.1.2 Kent and Medway Inter-Agency Threshold Criteria for Children in Need  


 

2.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
  For Guidance in Relation to Child Protection please see Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual.  
2.2.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
2.2.2 Pre-birth Assessments - under review  
2.2.3 Child and Family Assessment Updated
2.2.4 Team Remits and Transfer Protocol (Step Up Step Down)  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  
2.2.5 Working with Children and Families and with Foreign Authorities, in cases with an international or foreign element - Practice Guidance New


 

2.3

Court Proceedings

 
2.3.1 Guide on Finding a Solicitor  
2.3.2 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
2.3.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
2.3.4 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
2.3.5 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings in Kent  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

2.4

Miscellaneous

 
2.4.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (In Care and a Child in Need)  
2.4.2 Serious Incident Protocol  
2.4.3 Alerts Updated
2.4.4 Procedure for Making Applications for Criminal Injuries Compensation on Behalf of Children in Care  
2.4.5 Visits to Children in Long-Term Residential Care  
2.4.6 Child Trust Funds and Individual Savings Accounts for Children in Care (Including Children with Their Own Funds)  
2.4.7 Dangerous Weapons Policy  
2.4.8 The International Child Abduction Unit  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

2.5

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
2.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
2.5.2 Guidance on Unreasonably Persistent and Vexatious Complainants  
2.5.3 Whistleblowing Updated
2.5.4 Representations Policy  


3. Case Management and Recording

3.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
3.2 Case Records for Children in Care  
3.3 Access to Records Updated
3.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings New


4. Children in Particular Circumstances (Including Children in Need)

4.1

Children in Particular Circumstances

 
4.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
4.1.2 Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989  
4.1.3 Private Fostering  
4.1.4

Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds

See also Joint Protocol to Address the Needs of Homeless Young People aged 16 to 21 in Kent
 
4.1.5 Youth Homelessness Flowchart  
4.1.6 Family Group Conferencing  
  Family Group Conference Service - Guidance and Checklist for Social Workers  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

4.2

Disabled Children

 
4.2.1 Disabled Children’s Services  
4.2.2 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.2.3 Disabled Children and Young People Direct Payments Updated
4.2.4 Parental Guidance for the Use of Direct Payments for Overnight Support in the Home of a Personal Assistant  
4.2.5 Practice Guidance Note for Social Workers - Children Staying Overnight in the Home of a Personal Assistant  
4.2.6 Short Breaks Updated
4.2.7 Short Breaks Statement  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

4.3

Children from Abroad

 
4.3.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
4.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds - under review Updated
4.3.3 Independent Family Returns Panel  


 

4.4

Safeguarding

 
4.4.1 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
  For guidance please see Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual, Missing Children and Families and Safeguarding Children Abused through Sexual Exploitation Procedure  


5. Children in Care

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
  See Kent Cares Town, a website for Children in Care and care leavers which includes advice and support.  
5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
5.1.3 Definitions of Children in Care  
5.1.4 Cultural Competence in Kent Policy and Guidance  
5.1.5 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
5.1.6 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children in Care  
5.1.7 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.8 Permanency Planning Meetings  
5.1.9 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings (Fostering and Adoption)  
5.1.10 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.11 Emergency Bed Fostering Scheme  
5.1.12 Risk Assessments and Foster Carers  
5.1.13 Placements in Residential Care - under review Updated
5.1.14 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated
5.1.15 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.16 Placements with Connected Persons  
  See also Information About the Assessment of Connected Persons  
5.1.17 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
5.1.18 Placements with Parents  
5.1.19 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.20 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Service Updated
5.2.4 Child in Care Reviews  
5.2.5 Children's and Young Person's Template for Chairing Reviews  
5.2.6 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
5.3.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Updated
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Children in Care Updated
5.4.4 Corporate Parenting, Education, Training and Employment Policy New
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Guidance on Health Assessments and Health Plans  
5.5.2 Guidance for Social Workers Regarding Review Health Assessments Requests for Children and Young People  
5.5.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.5 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


 

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Care Leavers and Transition to Adulthood - under review  
5.7.2 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
5.7.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children and Young People in Care in Custody Updated
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


6. Protocols and Practice Guidance

  Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
6.1 Protocol between Kent Youth Offending Service and Kent Children's Social Services - under review  
6.2 Joint Protocol to Address the Needs of Homeless Young People aged 16 to 21 in Kent  
  See also Practice Guidance Promoting Good Outcomes for Children and Young People: Partnership Working Between Specialist Children’s Services and The Youth Offending Service  


7. Fostering

7.1 Kent Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy Updated
7.2 Recruitment, Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.3 Guidance on the Assessment of New Partners within Fostering Households (changes in the fostering household/circumstances)  
7.4 Change of Circumstances  
7.5 Preferred Provider Framework for Independent Fostering Provision  
7.6 Delegating Authority to Foster Carers - Things You Need to Know  
7.7 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.8 Fostering Panel  
7.9 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.10 Permanent Fostering  
7.11 Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers  
7.12 Health and Safety in the Home for Foster Carers  
7.13 Pet Policy and Guidance for Fostering Households  
  See also Dangerous Weapons Policy  
7.14 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.15 Allegations and Complaints Against Foster Carers  
7.16 Notifications of Significant Events  
7.17 Staying Together Policy  
7.18 A Guide to Tax and Benefits When You Foster a Child  
7.19 Information for Parents of Children in Foster Care  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


8. Adoption

8.1 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose  
8.2 Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
8.3 Adoption Panel  
8.4 Placement for Adoption Updated
8.5 Adoption Support  
8.6 Education Policy for Children Adopted from Care  
8.7 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
8.8

Adoption Reviews

See also Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings (Fostering and Adoption)
 
8.9 Allegations and Complaints Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
8.10 Inter Country Adoption - under review  
8.11 Non Agency Adoption  
8.12 Adoption Case Records Updated
8.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
8.14 Intermediary Services  
8.15 Authorisation and Criteria: Adoption Allowances, Adoption Settling in Grant, Mileage and Accommodations Costs for Introductions, Legal Costs for Adoption Order Applications  
8.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
8.17 Court Reports in Adoption Updated
8.18 Life Story Books Guidance  
8.19 My Guide to Adoption - Guidance for Social Workers  
8.20 The Child’s Background Letter  
  Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  


9. Special Guardianship

9.1 Special Guardianship Orders Guidance Updated
9.2 Adoption Order, Special Guardianship Order and Child Arrangements Order Allowances  


10. Practice Guidance

10.1 Care Planning for Children in Care Handbook  
10.2 Life Story Work for Children and Young People in Care  
10.3 Managing Cases of Neglect - Multi Agency Practice Guidance  
10.4 Policy Guidance for Professionals Undertaking Pre-Birth Assessments  
10.5 Supervision Practice Guidance  
10.6 Guidance on Responding to Child Protection Concerns on an Open Case  
10.7 Practice Guidance Promoting Good Outcomes for Children and Young People: Partnership Working Between Specialist Children’s Services and The Youth Offending Service  


11. Appendices

11.1 Local Contacts Updated
11.2 Accountability and Delegation Updated
11.3 Revocation of Placement Orders - Aide Memoire  
11.4 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
11.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
11.6 Amendments  


12. Procedures in a Nutshell

  Please see the Forms/Signs of Safety Practice Guidance, Children in Care Forms and Templates.  

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