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11.4 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

AMENDMENT

In April 2017, this chapter was updated.


Contents

  1. Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)
  2. Agency Decision Maker (Fostering)
  3. Adoption Panel Appointments
  4. Adoption Support
  5. Care Plans
  6. Care Proceedings
  7. Change of Name
  8. Contact with Parents
  9. Death or Serious Injury to a Child
  10. Decision to Look After
  11. Emergency Protection Orders
  12. Emigration
  13. Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit
  14. External Placements
  15. Fostering Panel Appointments
  16. Leaving Care
  17. Marriage
  18. Notifications
  19. Passports
  20. Placement Orders
  21. Private Fostering
  22. Secure Accommodation
  23. Special Guardianship
  24. Special Guardianship Support
  25. Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)
  26. Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)
  27. Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Child in Care with Connected Person)
  28. Nominated Officer (Placement of a Child in Care subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)


Designated Managers with Specified Area of Responsibility Post Title and Contact Details

Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on all adoption matters (some of which will be made on the basis of a recommendation of the Adoption Panel).

Post title: Assistant Director

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Agency Decision Maker (Fostering)

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions on fostering matters (on the basis of recommendations of the Fostering Panel).

Post title: Head of Fostering- Assessments

Contact details: Caroline.Smith@kent.gov.uk

West

Post title Service manager CiC:

Brigid.sharp@kent.gov.uk

North

Sarah.Whittaker@kent.gov.uk

South

Post title Service manager CiC:

Rebecca.Ransley@kent.gov.uk

East

Post title Service manager CiC:

Anne.Nerva@kent.gov.uk

Post title Service Manager

Carrie.Bill@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Adoption Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Adoption Panel members.

Post title: Head of Adoption Service

Contact details: Sarah.Skinner@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Adoption Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of adoption support to be provided to children, adopters (including financial support) and their family or birth family members.

Post title: Head of Adoption

Contact details: Sarah.Skinner@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Care Plans)

The manager who can authorise the final Care Plan to be taken before the Court within Care Proceedings.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Care Proceedings)

The manager who can authorise the initiating of Care Proceedings.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Change of Name)

The manager who can authorise the change of name of a Child in Care.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Contact with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the suspension or termination of contact between a Child in Care and his or her parents (subject to the Court’s approval after 7 days for children on Emergency Protection Orders, Interim Care Orders or Care Orders).

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Death or Serious Injury to a Child)

The senior manager who should be notified in the event of death or serious injury to a child.

Post title: Area Director

Contact details:

Safeguarding & QA
Patricia.denney@kent.gov.uk

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Decision to Look After)

The manager who can authorise a child becoming Looked After.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emergency Protection Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for an Emergency Protection Order.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Emigration)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child in Care outside England and Wales.

Post title: Assistant director or Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Exemptions and Extensions from Fostering Limit)

The manager who can authorise any exemptions from the usual fostering limit for foster carers living in the local authority area.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting/Designated decision maker
Contact details:
North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk
West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk
East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk
South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Independent Fostering Agency Exemptions
Head of Fostering

Caroline.smith@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (External Placements)

The manager who can authorise placements of Children in Care with external providers of residential care or foster carers from an independent fostering agency.

Post title:

Contact details:

Designated Manager (Fostering Panel Appointments)

The manager who can authorise appointments to the Central List of Fostering Panel members

Post title: Head of Fostering

Contact details: Caroline.smith@kent.gov.uk

 

Designated Manager (Fostering approval suspension)

The manager who can authorise the suspension of fostering approval.

 

Post title:

Contact details:

This is a decision maker role and must be done through the panel process

 

Designated Manager (Recommend Termination of Fostering approval)

The manager who can recommend the termination of fostering approval.

Post title:

Contact details:

This is a decision maker role and must be done through the panel process.

 

Designated Manager (Termination of Fostering approval)

The manager who can authorise the termination of fostering approval.

Post title:

Contact details:

This is a decision maker role and must be done through the panel process

 

Designated Manager (Temporary Approval of Connected Persons)

The manager who can authorise the approval of temporary foster carers.

 

Post title Assistant: Area Director

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Leaving Care)

The manager who can approve a Pathway Plan.

Post title: County Manager of the 18plus care leavers service

Contact details: sue.clifton@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Marriage)

The manager who can authorise the marriage of a Child in Care.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting/Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Notifications)

Where a Child in Care from another local authority has been placed in the area, the manager to whom the notification should be sent.

Post title: OLA Placement Officer

Contact details: Lesley.burnand@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Passports)

The manager who can authorise a passport application for a Child in Care.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting/Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Placement Orders)

The manager who can authorise an application for a Placement Order.

Post title: Area Director

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Private Fostering)

The manager who can approve assessments of private foster carers, impose requirements on private foster carers  or decide to prohibit someone from acting as a private foster carer.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting

Contact details: Naintara.khosla@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Secure Accommodation)

The manager who can authorise:

A placement of a Child in Care in secure accommodation for up to 72 hours without a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

An application for a Secure Accommodation Order; and/or

A child’s continued secure placement on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel; and/or

Applications to renewal Secure Accommodation Orders on the recommendation of the Secure Accommodation Review Panel.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting/Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can authorise Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Child in Care.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting

Contact details: Naintara.khosla@kent.gov.uk

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship Support)

The manager who can authorise the level of special guardianship support to be provided, including financial support to special guardians.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting

Contact details: Naintara.khosla@kent.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Disruption of Education)

The manager who can authorise the change of placement affecting a Child in Care in Key Stage 4.

Post title: Director of Education Children and Young people

Contact details: Patrick.leeson@kent.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Out of Area Placements)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child in Care outside the area of the local authority.

Post title: Assistant Director of Corporate Parenting/Designated decision maker

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Immediate Placement of a Child in Care with Connected Person)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child in Care with a family or friend (‘Connected Person’) who is not already approved as a foster carer.

Post title: Area Director

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

Nominated Officer (Placement of a Child in Care subject to Care Order or Interim Care Order with Parents)

The manager who can authorise the placement of a Child in Care with a parent, person with Parental Responsibility or person who held a Residence Order immediately before the Care Order.

Post title: Area Director

Contact details:

North Kent
Mark.thorn@kent.gov.uk

West Kent
Sarah.hammond@kent.gov.uk

East Kent
Karen.graham@kent.gov.uk

South Kent
Stephen.fitzgerald@kent.gov.uk

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