Table of Decision Making/Makers


 
  1. Decision Making in General Casework
  2. Cases involving Accommodation of Children, Court Orders and Placements
  3. Decision Making in Relation to Fostering
  4. Decisions Relating to Children in Other Specific Contexts
  5. Decision Making in Relation to Adoption
  6. Decision Making in Relation to Supported Lodgings


1. Decision Making in General Casework

 
  1. Decision to allocate/close a case
  2. Decisions regarding the timeliness of a Child and Family Assessment
  3. Decision to ‘sign off’ a Child and Family Assessment
  4. Decision to initiate S47 Enquiries
  5. Approve and ‘sign off’ a Section 47 Enquiry
  6. Decision to proceed to Initial Child Protection Case Conference
  7. Approve minutes of a Child Protection Conference
  8. To Convene a Family Group Conference
  9. To agree to initiate the PLO
  10. To terminate the PLO
  11. To agree to send the Letter Before Proceedings
  12. To chair an Initial/additional Legal Planning Meeting
  13. To approve the minutes of a Legal Planning Meeting
  14. Report a Serious Incident/death of a child to the Director and Assistant Director of Safeguarding
  15. Notify DfE of serious incident/death of a child
  16. Refer case to the Serious Case Review Panel
  17. Report an incident to the Director that may attract media interest

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
Decision to allocate/close a case    
X
  Discussion/ Supervision with the social worker
Decisions regarding the timeliness of a Child and Family Assessment    
X
  Discussion/ Supervision with the social worker
Decision to ‘sign off’ a Child and Family Assessment    
X
  Assessment Process/Supervision/Discussion with the social worker

Decision to initiate S47 Enquiries

   
X
  Outcome of enquiries/Assessment Discussion/ Supervision with the social worker (includes CDT TM)
Approve and ‘sign off’ a Section 47 Enquiry    
X
  Record of Outcome of Section 47 Enquiries
Decision to proceed to Initial Child Protection Case Conference  
X
   

Commencement of a S47 process. Discussion/ Supervision with the social worker

Approve minutes of a Child Protection Conference      
X
CPC
Child Protection Case Conference
To Convene a Family Group Conference    
X
X
IRO
X
CPC
Statutory Review
Child Protection Conference
Legal Planning Meeting
To agree to initiate the PLO  
X
 
X
IRO
X
CPC
Statutory Review
Child Protection Conference
Legal Planning Meeting
To terminate the PLO  
X
    Legal Planning Meeting
To agree to send the Letter Before Proceedings  
X
 
X
IRO
X
CPC
Statutory Review
Child Protection Conference
Legal Planning Meeting
To chair an Initial/additional Legal Planning Meeting  
X
    Discussion with TM
Child Protection Investigation/S47
Child Protection Conference
Statutory Review
To approve the minutes of a Legal Planning Meeting  
X
    Legal Planning Meeting

Report a Serious Incident/death of a child to the Director

and

Assistant Director of Safeguarding
X
X
   

Strategy Discussion
Briefing from TM

Notify DfE of serious incident/death of a child      
X
Assistant Director of Safeguarding
Strategy Discussion
Refer case to the Serious Case Review Panel      
X
Director
X
Assistant Director of Safeguarding
Briefing by the Area Assistant Director to the Assistant Director of Safeguarding
Report an incident to the Director that may attract media interest      
X
Assistant Director of Safeguarding
Briefing by the Assistant Director of Safeguarding

 

2. Cases involving Accommodation of Children, Court Orders and Placements

 
  1. To agree to accommodate a child aged 13 years or less under S20
  2. To agree to accommodate a child aged 13 years or more under S20
  3. To apply for an Emergency Protection Order
  4. To apply for an Interim Care Order
  5. To apply for a Supervision Order
  6. To apply for a Child Assessment Order
  7. To apply for a Recovery Order
  8. To seek variation/ extension of a Supervision or Care Order
  9. To use Secure Accommodation without an Order (max 72 hours)
  10. To apply for a Secure Accommodation Order
  11. To seek discharge of a Supervision or Care Order
  12. To approve a Final Care Plan under S31
  13. To agree the commission of an independent social work assessment
  14. To agree the use of a residential placement
  15. To agree the use of a Parent and Child/Mother and Baby Residential Assessment
  16. To agree a placement which exceeds £900 per week
  17. To agree ongoing financial support in applications Special Guardianship/Residence order, or adoption
  18. To agree ongoing financial support following an annual review of an adoption, Special Guardianship or Residence order allowance
  19. To agree to cease accommodating a looked after child and return a Child or Young Person Back to their Birth Family
  20. To agree to return a young person aged 16 or 17 years old and accommodated under section 20 back to their birth family

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
To agree to accommodate a child aged 13 years or less under S20  
X
    Discussion with:
TM
Child Protection Conference/Strategy Meeting/Police Protection
Decision by Access to Resources Panel or Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
To agree to accommodate a child aged 13 years or more under S20
X
      Discussion with:
TM
Child Protection Conference/Strategy Meeting/Police Protection
Decision by Access to Resources Panel
or Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
To apply for an Emergency Protection Order  
X
    Discussion with the TM
Legal Planning Meeting
Strategy Meeting
Child subject of Police Protection
To apply for an Interim Care Order  
X
 
X
IRO
Discussion with the TM
Legal Planning Meeting
Strategy Meeting
Child subject to Police Protection
Statutory Review
Assistant Area Director in an Emergency confirmation of accommodation at Access to Resources Panel
To apply for a Supervision Order  
X
 
X
CPC
Discussion with the TM
Discussion at a Child Protection Conference
Legal Planning Meeting
To apply for a Child Assessment Order  
X
    Discussion with the TM
Discussion at a Child Protection Conference
Legal Planning Meeting
To apply for a Recovery Order  
X
 
X
IRO
Discussion with the TM
Statutory Review
Legal Planning Meeting

To seek variation/
extension of a Supervision or Care Order

     
X
IRO
X
CPC
Discussion with the TM
Discussion with the Child Protection Chair/IRO
Legal Planning Meeting
To use Secure Accommodation without an Order
(max 72 hours)
     
X
Director
X
Director of YOS
Briefing from the Area Assistant Director
Statutory Review/Discussion with the IRO
Legal Planning Meeting
To apply for a Secure Accommodation Order      
X
Director
X
Director of YOS
Briefing by the Area Assistant Director
Statutory Review/Discussion with the IRO
Legal Planning Meeting
To seek discharge of a Supervision or Care Order  
X
    Discussion with the TM
Statutory Review/Discussion with the IRO
Legal Planning Meeting
To approve a Final Care Plan under S31  
X
 
X
IRO
Discussion with the TM
Statutory Review
Discussion with the Guardian/
Legal Planning Meeting
Issues Resolution Hearing
To agree the commission of an independent social work assessment  
X
    Legal Planning Meeting/FGC/CPC
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel
To agree the use of a residential placement      
X
Director
Legal Planning Meeting/Panel
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel/ or for an existing Child in Care by Children in Care Placement Panel
To agree the use of a Parent and Child/Mother and Baby Residential Assessment      
X
Director
Legal Planning Meeting
Public Law Outline as
assessment is required for Pre Proceedings phase
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel
To agree a placement which exceeds £900 per week      
X
Director
Briefing from Area Assistant Director.
Legal Planning Meeting.
Discussion with IRO/Statutory Review/
Discussion with CPC /Child Protection Conference
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel or
Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
To agree ongoing financial support in applications Special Guardianship/Residence order, or adoption
X
      Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel or
Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
Discussion with IRO/Statutory Review
Completion paperwork by CSW
Follow Staying Together Protocols in relevant cases

To agree ongoing financial support following an annual review of an adoption, Special Guardianship or Residence order allowance
X
X
Head of Adoption service
    Administrative officer for Adoption/Special Guardianship financial support to conduct review with finance, and brief Head of Adoption Service.
To agree to cease accommodating a looked after child and return a Child or Young Person Back to their Birth Family  
X
     
To agree to return a young person aged 16 or 17 years old and accommodated under section 20 back to their birth family
X
       

 

3. Decision Making in Relation to Fostering

 
  1. To agree the suspension of fostering approval
  2. To recommend the termination of fostering approval
  3. To agree the termination of fostering approval
  4. To approve connected persons as temporary foster carers under Regulation 24 of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010
  5. To grant a temporary exemption to the usual fostering limit

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
To agree the suspension of fostering approval  
X
County Fostering Manager
/ Service Manager Children in Care
 
X
Fostering Panel
Decision Maker
In cases of S47 consultation with LADO
Notification to Area Assistant Director
To recommend the termination of fostering approval
X
X
County Fostering Manager
/ Service Manager Children in Care
 
X
Fostering Panel
The Fostering Panel makes the recommendation to the decision maker.
If the decision maker decides not to approve the carer can
apply to the Independent Review Mechanism or
request that the Panel reconsider. Following the above, the decision maker who may be the Head of Corporate Parenting or the County Manager for fostering makes the final decision
To agree the termination of fostering approval
X
X
County Fostering Manager
/ Service Manager Children in Care
 
X
Fostering Panel
If the decision maker decides to terminate fostering approval
the carer can
apply to the Independent Review Mechanism or request that the Panel reconsider.
Following the above, the decision maker who may be the Head of Corporate Parenting or the County Manager for fostering makes the final decision
To approve connected persons as temporary foster carers under Regulation 24 of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010
X
   
X
IRO
Panel/Statutory Review/Family Group Conference/Child Protection Conference
To grant a temporary exemption to the usual fostering limit  
X
County Fostering Manager / Service Manager Children in Care
 
X

Written permission sought by Social Worker

 

4. Decisions Relating to Children in Other Specific Contexts

 
  1. To terminate placement of a young person from a children’s home
  2. To approve a temporary placement
  3. To agree a planned placement change for a young person in Years 10 or 11
  4. To permit child or young person looked after to leave UK for holiday of up to 1 month
  5. To consent to planned surgery, child with life threatening conditions, sensitive medical treatment or invasive health screening (e.g. blood tests) - for child or young person on a Care Order (NB Fraser Competent implications)
  6. To agree to religious custom or ritual requiring parental consent (e.g. baptism) - child or young person on Care Order
  7. To sign passport application (child subject to a Care Order)
  8. To support/not support a foster carer’s application for Residence/Special Guardianship Order/Adoption Order
  9. To support child’s application for British citizenship (child looked after)
  10. To seek publicity in respect of a search for missing children
  11. To agree to the marriage of a child aged 16 to 18 subject of a Care Order
  12. To decide if a private fostering arrangement is satisfactory
  13. To make decisions on prohibitions on private fostering
  14. To agree a condition on a private fostering arrangement

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
To terminate placement of a young person from a children’s home  
X
 
X
IRO
Discussion with IRO/
Statutory Review.
Relevant Social Work District Manager must be consulted, and inform Placement Support Service/ Access to Resources Team
To approve a temporary placement
X
   
X
IRO
Discussion with IRO/ Statutory Review
Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel / Children in Care placement panel
To agree a planned placement change for a young person in Years 10 or 11
X
   
X
IRO
Discussion with Statutory Review
Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel / Children in Care placement panel
To permit child or young person looked after to leave UK for holiday of up to 1 month  
X
 
X
IRO
Agreed with IRO or at Statutory Review
Parents’ views should be obtained even when KCC have PR.
(If S20 only parents can give actual consent)
Discussion with the Child’s Guardian if Supervision/Interim Care Order in place.
To consent to planned surgery, child with life threatening conditions, sensitive medical treatment or invasive health screening (e.g. blood tests) - for child or young person on a Care Order
(NB Fraser Competent implications)
To be consulted as appropriate
X
 
X
IRO to be informed as appropriate

 

Children Looked After Nurse or Doctor to be consulted.
Discussion with IRO and decision fed back to Statutory Review as appropriate.
Consultation with parents where appropriate.
To agree to religious custom or ritual requiring parental consent (e.g. baptism) - child or young person on Care Order
To be consulted as appropriate
X
 
X
IRO to be consulted as appropriate
Discussion with IRO and decision fed back to Statutory Review.
Consultation with parents where appropriate.
To sign passport application (child subject to a Care Order)
To be consulted as appropriate
X
 
X
IRO to be consulted as appropriate
Discussion with IRO and decision fed back to Statutory Review
To support/not support a foster carer’s application for Residence/Special Guardianship Order/Adoption Order
X
   
X
IRO Adoption Panel Members

Statutory Review
Adoption Panel

To support child’s application for British citizenship (child looked after)  
X
 
X
IRO
Discussion with IRO/decision fed back to Statutory Review
To seek publicity in respect of a search for missing children
X
   
X
Director
Director and Cabinet Member are informed in accordance with separate protocol
Discussion with IRO/Children’s Guardian where applicable
To agree to the marriage of a child aged 16 to 18 subject of a Care Order
X
   
X
Director
X
IRO to be consulted as appropriate
Consultation with parents where appropriate.
Children and Private Fostering
To decide if a private fostering arrangement is satisfactory  
X
Assistant Area Director
    FGC/CPC/Statutory Review
To make decisions on prohibitions on private fostering  
X
Assistant Area Director
     
To agree a condition on a private fostering arrangement  
X
Assistant Area Director
     

 

5. Decision Making in Relation to Adoption

 
  1. To agree that a child should be placed for adoption where the matter is before the court or there is no parent to consent
  2. To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether a child should be placed for adoption
  3. To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether individuals should be approved as adoptive carers
  4. To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether adoptive carers should be matched with a child

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
To agree that a child should be placed for adoption where the matter is before the court or there is no parent to consent
X
Assistant Area Director
       
To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether a child should be placed for adoption
X
Assistant Area Director
   
X
Agency Decision Maker
IRO/Statutory Review
Decision must consider recommendations of Adoption Panel
To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether individuals should be approved as adoptive carers
X
Assistant Area Director
   
X
Agency Decision Maker
IRO/Statutory Review
Decision must consider recommendations of Adoption Panel
To ratify the recommendation of the Adoption Panel in relation to whether adoptive carers should be matched with a child
X
Assistant Area Director
   
X
Agency Decision Maker
IRO/Statutory Review
Decision must consider recommendations of Adoption Panel

 

6. Decision Making in Relation to Supported Lodgings

 
  1. Approval of Supported Lodging Provider
  2. Approval for enhanced Payment to Supportive Lodging Provider

Decision
Decision Maker
Planning Forum

Assistant Director

Service Manager Team Manager Other/Comment
Approval of Supported Lodging Provider      
X
Fostering Panel decision maker
 
Approval for enhanced Payment to Supportive Lodging Provider  
X
    Assistant Area Director in an Emergency
Authorisation of funding to be agreed at Access to Recourses Panel / Children in Care placement panel