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  1. All Children
  2. Early Help
  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. Youth Justice
  12. Open Access
  13. Appendices
  14. Procedures in a Nutshell

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children in Care and Care Leavers Strategy  
1.1.2 Kent's Pledge to Children in Care  
1.1.3 Kent Specialist Children's Services Participation Strategy  
1.1.4 Practice Standards  
1.1.5 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.6 Consultation Policy  
1.1.7 Case Progression Policy  
1.1.8 Operational Performance Management Framework  
1.1.9 Performance Management Framework  
1.1.10 Quality Assurance Framework (Forms/Practice Guidance)  
1.1.11 Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.12 Equality and Diversity  



Young Carers

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

2. Early Help

  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  


CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

2.1.1 Kent Family Support Framework  
2.1.2 Kent Support Levels Guidance  
2.1.3 Capacity and Consent Updated



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

  For guidance in relation to Child Protection, please see: Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures.  
2.2.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
2.2.2 Assessments  
2.2.3 Working with Children and Families and with Foreign Authorities, in cases with an international or foreign element - Practice Guidance  



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  
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  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  




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 and Need to Know Protocol  
2.4.4 Visits to Children in Long-Term Residential Care  
2.4.5 Child Trust Funds and Individual Savings Accounts for Children in Care (including Children with Their Own Funds)  
2.4.6 Dangerous Weapons Policy  
2.4.7 Cross-border Child Protection Cases: the 1996 Hague Convention  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  
2.4.8 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

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

3. Case Management and Recording

3.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
3.2 Case Records for Children in Care (Including Retention)  
3.3 Access to Records  
3.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings  
3.5 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  

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


Children in Particular Circumstances

4.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Meetings Policy  
4.1.2 Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989  
4.1.3 Private Fostering  
4.1.4 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
4.1.5 Joint Working Protocol for Young People  
4.1.6 16-17 Housing Booklet  
4.1.7 Policy and Guidance for Using Family Group Conferences in Children's Social Services  
4.1.8 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  



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 Updated
4.2.3 Disabled Children and Young People Direct Payments  
4.2.4 Practice Guidance Note for Social Workers - Children Staying Overnight in the Home of a Personal Assistant  
4.2.5 Short Breaks  
4.2.6 Short Breaks Statement  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  



Children from Abroad

4.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Fund Policy and Procedure Updated
4.3.3 Independent Family Returns Panel  



Relinquished Children

4.4.1 Relinquished Babies and Children  




  Please see: Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures  
  See also: Child Protection (Forms/Practice Guidance)  
4.5.1 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
  For guidance, please see: Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures, Missing Children and Families  
  and Safeguarding Children Abused through Sexual Exploitation Procedure  
4.5.2 Responding to Children who are Missing  




4.6.1 Supporting Transgender Users of Our Services  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.7.1 Kent Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Policy and Practice Guidance Updated



Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

4.8.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated

5. Children in Care


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 Updated
5.1.2 Care Planning  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Definitions of Children in Care  
5.1.5 Cultural Competence in Kent Policy and Guidance  
5.1.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.7 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children in Care  
5.1.8 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.9 Permanency Planning Meetings  
5.1.10 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings (Fostering and Adoption)  
5.1.11 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.12 Emergency Bed Fostering Scheme  
5.1.13 Risk Assessments and Foster Carers  
5.1.14 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.17 Placements with Connected Persons  
  See also: Information About the Assessment of Connected Persons  
5.1.18 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
5.1.19 Placements with Parents  
5.1.20 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.21 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
5.1.22 Guidance for Making Applications for Criminal Injuries Compensation on Behalf of Children in Care  
5.1.23 Risk Assessment and Planning  
5.1.24 Providing Personalised Care  
5.1.25 Placements in Other Arrangements Updated
5.1.26 Unregulated & Crisis Placement Compliance Guidance  
5.1.27 Kent Unregulated and Unregistered Placement Guidance Updated
5.1.28 Health and Safety Updated
  See also: Promoting Wellbeing and Positive Identity for a Child or Young Person Who is Looked After: A Quick Guide for Social Workers and Social Care Practitioners (SCIE)  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Child in Care Reviews  
5.2.4 Children's and Young Person's Template for Chairing Reviews  
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Family Time (Contact) with Parents / Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Passport Application for Children in Care Guidance and Protocol New
5.4.2 Supporting the Education and Promoting the Achievement of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
5.4.3 Personal Education Plan  
5.4.4 Corporate Parenting, Education, Training and Employment Policy  
5.4.5 Leisure Activities  



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 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
5.6.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Child in Care  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  



Leaving Care and Transition

5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.7.2 Care Leavers Charter  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
5.7.4 Staying Put  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  

6. Protocols and Practice Guidance

6.1 Joint Protocol to Address the Needs of Homeless Young People aged 16 to 21 in Kent  
6.2 Protocol for Joint Working between Specialist Children's Services (SCS) and Early Help Preventative Services (EHPS) - Joint Working Around and Responsibilities Towards Young People in the Criminal Justice System  
6.3 The Transfer of Children to Local Authority Accommodation from Police Custody - An agreement between Kent County Council and Kent Police  

7. Fostering

7.1 Kent Fostering Service Statement of Purpose and Policy  
7.2 Recruitment, Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.3 Allocation of Fostering Social Workers  
7.4 Guidance on the Assessment of New Partners and New Adults joining the Fostering Household (changes in the fostering household/circumstances)  
7.5 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.6 Fostering Panel  
7.7 Exemptions and Changes to Foster Carers Terms of Approval  
7.8 Permanent Fostering  
7.9 Supervision, Support and Training of Foster Carers  
7.10 Pet Policy and Guidance for Fostering Households  
  See also: Dangerous Weapons Policy  
7.11 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.12 Allegations and Complaints Against Foster Carers  
7.13 Guidelines for Social Workers Following an Allegation / Complaint Against a Foster Carer or Member of the Household  
7.14 Notifications of Significant Events  
7.15 Training and Development of Foster Carers  
  See also: Forms/Practice Guidance  

8. Adoption

  See: Adoption Partnership South East Regional Adoption Agency Procedures  


Court Reports

8.1.1 Court Reports  

9. Special Guardianship

9.1 Special Guardianship Orders Guidance  
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 Pre-Birth Procedure (Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures)  
10.5 Pre-Birth Practice Guidance  
10.6 Guidance on Responding to Child Protection Concerns on an Open Case  

11. Children Involved in the Youth Justice System

11.1 Children and Young People in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
11.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children and Young People in Care in Custody  
11.3 Children Involved in the Youth Justice System: Additional National Guidance  
  Please see: Forms/Practice Guidance  
  See Also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

12. Open Access

  Please see: Forms/Practice Guidance  

13. Appendices

13.1 Local Contacts  
13.2 Accountability and Delegation  
13.3 Revocation of Placement Orders - Aide Memoire  
13.4 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
13.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
13.6 Ofsted Inspection Framework New
13.7 Amendments  

14. Procedures in a Nutshell

  Please see: Forms/Practice Guidance, Children in Care Forms and Templates