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Derbyshire Children's Services Online Manual: Contents

December 2017

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This contents list is sub-divided into sections, as below. Each Section contains relevant Chapters / Procedures. Click on the title to jump to the Section you require.

  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care  



Thresholds for Children's Services and Requests for Support

1.2.1 Thresholds for Children's Services  
1.2.2 Requests for Support  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Single Assessment Process: Overview  
1.3.2 Assessment  
1.3.3 Plan, Do, Review  
1.3.4 Single Assessment Practice Guidance  
1.3.5 Single Assessment Process - Guidance for Schools  
1.3.6 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.7 Case Transfer and Allocation  
1.3.8 Principles for Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases  
1.3.9 Written Agreements in Child Protection and Children in Need Cases  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.4.5 Supervision Order Procedure  
1.4.6 Viability Assessments - Guidance Notes and Screening Tools  



Safeguarding in Children's Social Care

1.5.1 Death of or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated
1.5.2 Runaway and Missing from Home or Care (RMFHC) Protocol  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing
(please note intranet access is required to view this guidance)

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Disposal of Diaries and Notebooks  
2.5 Electronic Recordings of Meetings and Conversations  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.4 Child Arrangements Orders and Derbyshire Support Scheme  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Disabled Children's Service  
4.1.3 Direct Payments  
4.1.4 Short Breaks  
  See also: Disability Living Allowance – Fostered Children and Children in Residential Care  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Young Carers

4.3.1 Young Carers Updated



Relinquished Children

4.4.1 Relinquished Children New



Safeguarding Children Procedures

4.5.1 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Young People in Specific Circumstances
(Derby and Derbyshire SCB's Online Procedures)

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.8 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.10 Secure Accommodation Policy Updated
5.1.11 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.12 Placements with Parents  
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Edge of Care Panel: Terms of Reference  
5.1.17 Preventing Family Breakdown  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.7 Notification of Significant Events  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits Updated



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK Updated
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  
5.4.4 Doing a Personal Education Plan  
5.4.5 Education and Learning Post 16  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Disability Living Allowance – Fostered Children and Children in Residential Care  
5.5.6 Tattoo and Body Piercing Policy New




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition

  Charter for Care Leavers (Department for Education)  
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.7.3 Staying Put  
  See also: Education and Learning Post 16  



Safeguarding Looked After Children

5.8.1 Derbyshire Joint Agency Protocol Regarding Offending by Children in Care  
5.8.2 Derbyshire Joint Agency Procedure Regarding Young People under 17 in Police Custody  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

  Fostering Services National Minimum Standards  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions / Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations, Incidents and Concerns Against Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Confidential Reporting and 'Whistleblowing' Policy for Derbyshire County Council Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Practice Guidance for the Support, Supervision and Training of Foster Carers  
6.1.10 Practice Guidance for Foster Carers: Healthy Eating, Smoking, Cycling Helmets and Cycling Proficiency  
6.1.11 Long Term Fostering  
6.1.12 Extensions / Alterations to Foster Carers' Homes  
6.1.13 Foster Carer Handbook  
6.1.14 Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media  
  For Foster Carers Financial Information, including the skills allowance please see the Documents Library.  



Adoption and Permanence

  Adoption National Minimum Standards  
6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Intermediary Services  
6.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders and the Special Guardianship Support Scheme  
6.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.16 Life Story Books  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

7. Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
7.3 Local Keywords  
7.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.5 Amendments