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  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Children in Care
  6. Leaving Care and Transition
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. Supervision
  9. 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 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care  
1.1.5 Capacity and Consent  



Thresholds for Children's Services and Requests for Support

1.2.1 Thresholds for Children's Services  
1.2.2 Requests for Support  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Single Assessment Process: Overview  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Plan, Do, Review  
1.3.4 Early Help (Single Assessment) - Information for Practitioners  
1.3.5 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.6 Case Transfer and Allocation  
1.3.7 Principles for Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases  
1.3.8 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 Updated
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
1.4.4 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
  See also: Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  
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 Significant Incidents - Death of or Serious Harm to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  
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  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Disposal of Diaries and Notebooks  
2.5 Electronic Recordings of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated

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  
4.1.5 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.2.2 Mental Capacity  



Mental Health

4.3.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983  



Children from Abroad

4.4.1 Unaccompanied Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.4.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Young Carers

4.51 Young Carers  



Relinquished Children

4.6.1 Relinquished Children  



Safeguarding Children Procedures

4.7.1 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Young People in Specific Circumstances
(Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Online Procedures)

5. Children in Care


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.3 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.6 Placements in Residential Care Updated
5.1.7 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.8 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.9 Secure Accommodation Policy Updated
5.1.10 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.11 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.13 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.1.14 Notification to Other Authorities of Children Placed Out of County  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.1.17 Preventing Family Breakdown  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Notification of Significant Events  



Family Time / Contact and Overnight Stays

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



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children Updated
5.4.2 Education and Learning Post 16  
5.4.3 Holidays and School Trips in and Outside the UK  



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 Updated
5.5.5 Disability Living Allowance – Fostered Children and Children in Residential Care  
5.5.6 Tattoo and Body Piercing Policy  
5.5.7 Children in Care - Pocket Money and Savings  
5.5.8 Alcohol Consumption Guidance  
5.5.9 Male Circumcision Policy and Procedure  
5.5.10 Covid Testing for Children in Care  




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  

6. Leaving Care and Transition

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

7. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

  Fostering Services National Minimum Standards  
7.1.1 Fostering Panel  
7.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions / Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.1.7 Allegations, Incidents and Concerns Against Foster Carers  
7.1.8 Confidential Reporting and 'Whistleblowing' Policy for Derbyshire County Council Foster Carers  
7.1.9 Long Term Fostering  
7.1.10 Extensions / Alterations to Foster Carers' Homes  
7.1.11 Foster Carer Handbook  
7.1.12 Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media (GOV.UK)  
  For Foster Carers Financial Information; including the skills allowance, please see the Documents Library.  



Adoption and Permanence

  Adoption National Minimum Standards  
7.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
7.2.2 Adoption Panel  
7.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
7.2.4 Adoption Support  
7.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
7.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
7.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
7.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
7.2.12 Access to Information (Post-Commencement Adoption Orders) (Adoption East Midlands)  
7.2.13 Intermediary Services  
7.2.14 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders and the Special Guardianship Support Scheme  
7.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
7.2.16 Life Story Books  
7.2.17 Later Life Letters  
7.2.18 Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements  
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  

8. Supervision

8.1 Case Supervision Guidance  
8.2 Reflective Questions  
  For supervision templates, see the Documents Library.  

9. Appendices

9.1 Local Contacts  
9.2 Derbyshire County Council Scheme of Delegated Authority  
9.3 Local Keywords  
9.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children (Statutory Guidance, DfE)  
9.5 Amendments