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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. Contacts and Referrals
  3. Children in Need
  4. Child Protection
  5. Pre Proceedings and Court Work
  6. Children in Care
  7. Children in Particular Circumstances
  8. Fostering
  9. Adoption and Permanence Services


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 Capacity and Consent New
1.1.4 Scheme of Delegation  


 

1.2

Case File Management

 
1.2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.2.2 Case Records and Retention  
1.2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
1.2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
1.2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
1.2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices New
1.2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff New


 

1.3

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.3.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.3.2 Whistleblowing Policy (Bradford.gov.uk)  

1.4

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care

 


 
1.4.1 Prevention and Early Help (Bradford.gov.uk)  
1.4.2 Continuum of Need and Risk Identification Tool  


2. Contacts and Referrals

2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
2.2 Assessments  


3. Children in Need

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


4. Child Protection

4.1 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures, Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989 Procedures  
4.2 Guidance for Notifying the Deputy Director (Children's) of Serious Incidents or Significant Events  


5. Pre Proceedings and Court Work

5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
5.3 Legal Gateway Panel  
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: 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)  


6. Children in Care

6.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
6.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
6.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  
6.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care  


 

6.2

Placements

 
6.2.1 Placements with Parents  
6.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
6.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
6.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
6.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
6.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

6.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
6.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
6.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
6.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.3.5 Resolving Disputes from Child Looked After Reviews  
6.3.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  


 

6.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
6.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

6.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

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


 

6.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
6.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
6.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

6.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
6.7.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
6.7.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  


 

6.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
6.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.8.2 Staying Put  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

6.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and Local Practice Guidance  
6.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.9.2 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  

7. Children in Particular Circumstances

7.1

Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

 
7.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
7.1.2 Direct Payments  
7.1.3 Short Breaks  
7.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  


 

7.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
7.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
7.2.2 Mental Capacity  


 

7.3

Children from Abroad

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


 

7.4

Homelessness

 
7.4.1 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  


 

7.5

Family and Friends Care

 
7.5.1 Family and Friends Care  
7.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

7.6

Young Carers

 
7.6.1 Young Carers  


 

7.7

Relinquished Children

 
7.7.1 Relinquished Children  


8. Fostering

8.1

Fostering Services

 
8.1.1 Fostering Panel  
8.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
8.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
8.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
8.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
8.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
8.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  

9. Adoption and Permanence Services

9.1

Adoption

 
9.1.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters (One Adoption)  
9.1.2 Adoption Panel (One Adoption)  
9.1.3 The Child's Journey - Placement for Adoption (One Adoption)  
9.1.4 Adoption Support  
9.1.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
9.1.6 Adoption Reviews  
9.1.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements (One Adoption)  
9.1.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted (One Adoption)  
9.1.9 Inter Country Adoption (One Adoption)  
9.1.10 Non Agency Adoption  
9.1.11 Adoption Case Records  
9.1.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records (One Adoption)  
9.1.13 Intermediary Services (One Adoption)  
9.1.14 Life Story Books Guidance (One Adoption)  
9.1.15 Later Life Letters (One Adoption)  
9.1.16 Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  


 

9.2

Special Guardianship

 
9.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
9.2.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  


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