Contents


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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, 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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

See Local Resources for St. Helens Local Documents and Protocols.


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Comprehensive Equality Policy  
1.1.4 Supervision Policy for Staff in Children's Social Care  
1.1.5 Supervision Guidance  
1.1.6 Team Meetings  


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Multi-Agency Think Family Procedure
(St. Helens Child Protection Procedures Manual)
 
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Early Help Strategy for Children, Young people and Families in St. Helens 2019-2022  
  See also: Appendix A: Early Help (EH) Plan on a page, St. Helens Safeguarding Children Partnership (SHSCP)  
1.2.3 St Helens Multi Agency Quality Assurance Framework
(St. Helens Child Protection Procedures Manual)
 
1.2.4 St. Helens Descriptions of Need Document  
1.2.5 Capacity and Consent Updated
  See: Early Intervention - Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Child and Family Assessment Protocol and Guidance  
1.3.3 Children and Families Assessment: Practice Standards  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47) Updated
  See also: St. Helens Child Protection Procedures  
1.3.5 Case Transfer & Allocation Protocol  
1.3.6 Case Management Pathway for Team Managers  


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
  See St. Helens Legal Gateway - Local Resources.  
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings Updated
1.5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
 

See also:

 


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.6.2 Whistleblowing - Confidential Reporting Policy  
  See also:  
  Whistleblowing Helpline - Speak Up  
  Raising Concerns at Work  
  Public Concern at Work  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
  See also: Notifications of Significant Events Procedure  


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 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
2.6 Use of Social Medial Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated
2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

 
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks Updated


 

3.2

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Mental Capacity Resource  
3.2.2 Deprivations of Liberty  


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 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  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care Policy and Placement of Children in Care with Family, Friends and Connected Persons Procedure  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Safeguarding

 
3.8.1 Missing Children Protocol  
3.8.2 St. Helens Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation Flowchart  
  See also: Pan Merseyside Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Protocol  


 

3.9

Mental Health

 
3.9.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act  


4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Together for Adoption Manual, Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See: NICE Guideline - Looked After Children and Young People  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.5 Out of Area Placements Updated
4.2.6 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
4.2.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
4.2.8 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.9 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
 

See also:

 
4.2.10 Placements in Other Arrangements New


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK Updated


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention Updated


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Together for Adoption Manual, Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services
(Together for Adoption Procedures Manual)

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption by Existing Foster Carers  
5.2.3 Adoption Panel  
5.2.4 Life Appreciation Days  
5.2.5 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.6 Family Finding Role and Procedure  
5.2.7 Court Reports in Adoption  
5.2.8 Adoption Support  
5.2.9 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.10 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.11 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.12 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.13 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.14 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.15 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.16 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.17 Intermediary Services  
5.2.18 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.19 Later Life Letters  
5.2.20 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.2.21 Lone Working Procedure  
5.2.22 Disaster Recovery Plan  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Special Guardianship Policy  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 Scheme of Delegated Decision-Making Framework  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments