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July 2018

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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. Children Looked After
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

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 Agreed Standards of Practice
1.1.4 Agreed Standards of Practice for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)


1.2

Targeted Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Targeted Early Help  
1.2.2 Multi Agency Threshold Guidance for Bradford District  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Bradford Single Child Assessment – Tools for Practitioners  
1.3.3 Pre-Birth Assessments  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures  
1.3.5 Procedure for Transfer of Cases in Children's Social Care  
1.3.6 Specialist Placements Process/Complex Care Panel  


 

1.4

Prevention and Family Support

 
1.4.1 Intensive Family Support  
1.4.2 Family Group Conferencing Service  


 

1.5

Child in Need

 
1.5.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated
1.5.2 Family Support Panel  
1.5.3 Support Care  


 

1.6

Legal Proceedings

 
1.6.1 Legal Gateway Panel Purpose and Function  
1.6.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.6.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.6.4 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.6.5 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: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers July 2014  


 

1.7

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.7.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.7.2 Bradford MDC Whistleblowing Code  


 

1.8

Notifications

 
1.8.1 Death of or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  

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  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  
3.1.4 Bradford Education Health and Care Panel – Terms of Reference  


 

3.2

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds

 
3.4.1 Services to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.4.2 Protocol between Housing Services, Children's Social Care and other related services in respect of out of hours Representations of Roofless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.4.3 Protocol between Housing Services, Children's Social Care and other related Services in respect of 16 and 17 year olds who are Homeless or at risk of Homelessness  
3.4.4 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Old Young People Who May be Homeless and / or Require Accommodation  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  
  See also Placements with Connected Persons  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Safeguarding Children

 
3.7.1 Children Missing from Home or Care (West Yorkshire Protocol)  
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures  

4. Children Looked After

  See: Bradford Pledge to Children in Care

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children Looked After  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Policy and Procedures  
  See also: Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Crisis Care  
4.2.7 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.8 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children and Young People Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After Updated
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Child Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Resolving Disputes from Child Looked After Reviews  
4.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.7 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/Adults 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 Children Looked After  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
4.5.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Protocol Regarding Health Assessments – Who Does What?  
4.6.3 Protocol Regarding Dental Procedures for Children Looked After  
4.6.4 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.5 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.6 Pregnant Looked After Young People  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
4.7.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After  


 

4.8

Through Care Service

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Protocol between Housing Services, Leaving Care and other related services on Accommodation for Care Leavers aged 18 to 21  
4.8.4 Stepping Stones Supported Lodgings Scheme  
4.8.5 Through Care Service Financial Policies and Procedures  
  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 Children and Young People Looked After 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

  See also: Bradford Foster Carer's Handbook  
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: Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters (One Adoption)  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel (One Adoption)  
5.2.3 The Child's Journey - Placement for Adoption (One Adoption)  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements (One Adoption)  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted (One Adoption)  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption (One Adoption)  
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records (One Adoption)  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services (One Adoption)  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance (One Adoption)  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters (One Adoption)  
5.2.16 Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments