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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. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Supervision
  8. 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  



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 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  
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 Harm to a Child (Including Children In Care)  
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
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2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
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  

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 - under review  
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  
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 New



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.2.2 Mental Capacity  



Children from Abroad

4.3.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
4.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Young Carers

4.4.1 Young Carers  



Relinquished Children

4.5.1 Relinquished Children  



Safeguarding Children Procedures

4.6.1 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 Providing Sufficient Accommodation for Children in Care and Care Leavers (2017 – 2021)  
5.1.3 Locality Care Planning Scrutiny Panel  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings Updated
5.1.6 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.7 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.8 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.11 Secure Accommodation Policy  
5.1.12 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.13 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.1.16 Notification to Other Authorities of Children Placed Out of County  
5.1.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential WorkersChildren in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.1.18 Preventing Family Breakdown  



Monitoring and Reviews

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



Family Time / Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Family Time / Contact with Parents and Siblings  
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 Doing a Personal Education Plan  
5.4.3 Education and Learning Post 16  
5.4.4 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.5 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
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  
5.5.7 Children in Care - Pocket Money and Savings  
5.5.8 Alcohol Consumption Guidance  
5.5.9 Male Circumcision Policy and Procedure 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 - under review  
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 18 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 Updated
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions / Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.7 Allegations, Incidents and Concerns Against Foster Carers Updated
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 Updated
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption - under review  
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 Information (Post-Commencement Adoption Orders) (Adoption East Midlands)  
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 Updated
6.2.16 Life Story Books  
6.2.17 Later Life Letters  
6.2.18 Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements  

7. Supervision

7.1 Case Supervision Guidance  
7.2 Reflective Questions  
  For supervision templates, see the Documents Library.  

8. Appendices

8.1 Local Contacts  
8.2 Designated Managers List  
8.3 Local Keywords  
8.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children (Statutory Guidance, DfE)  
8.5 Amendments  

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