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CoventryChildren's Services Procedures Manual

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Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

Children's Consultation and Participation - Updated

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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

1. All Children

1.1

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.1.1 Common Assessment Framework  
1.1.2 Coventry Right Help Right Time Guidance - Coventry and Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual  
1.1.3 Protocols in Respect of Interface between Children's Social Care Services and Early Help  


 

1.2

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.2 Assessments Updated
1.2.3 Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Procedure  
1.2.4 Permanency Planning Tracking for Looked After Children  
1.2.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Coventry Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures  
1.2.6 Transfer Protocol Between Area Teams and LAC, Permanency, Through Care Teams  


 

1.3

Child in Need

 
1.3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


 

1.4

Family Group Conference

 
1.4.1 Family Group Conference Service  
1.4.2 Practice Standards for Family Group Conferences  


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
  See also: Permanency Planning Tracking for Looked After Children  
1.5.3 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  
1.5.6 Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings - Regional Protocol  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistle blowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated


 

1.8

Safeguarding

 
 

Children Missing from Home, Care and Education

 
  Note: these chapters are contained in the Coventry Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual and will open in a new window/tab.  
1.8.1 Children and Families that Go Missing (Including Unborn Children)  
1.8.2 Missing Child Policy  
1.8.3 Missing Child Procedure  


 
 

Child Sexual Exploitation

 
1.8.4 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (Coventry Local Children's Safeguarding Board)  


 
 

Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

 
1.8.5 Prevent Procedure  


 

1.9

Staff Supervision

 
1.9.1 Children's Services Supervision Policy  
1.9.2 Supervision Supplementary Policy  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy  
2.2 Case Records and Retention Updated
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests Updated
2.4 Confidentiality Policy Updated
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children's Disability Team  
3.1.2 Transition Protocol  
3.1.3 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.4 Direct Payments - Login Required  
3.1.5 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Children from Abroad

 
3.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.3

Homelessness

 
3.3.1 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 Updated


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.5

Young Carers

 
3.5.1 Young Carers  


 

3.6

Relinquished Children

 
3.6.1 Relinquished Children Updated


 

3.7

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.7.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.7.2 Mental Capacity  

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 Updated
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
  See also: 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  


 

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 Updated
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

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 Updated
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 Making Contact Work  
4.4.2 Making Contact Work - Good Practice Guidance  
4.4.3 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  


 

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  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Statutory 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  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

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


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put - Arrangements for Coventry Care Leavers aged 18 and over to stay on with their Former Foster Carers  
4.8.3 Finance Policy for Young People Leaving Care  
  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 Statement of Purpose (Coventry.gov.uk website)  
5.1.2 Children's Guide (under 10 years old)  
5.1.3 Children's Guide (over 10 years old)  
5.1.4 Fostering Panel  
5.1.5 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.6 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Family Placement Service - Training Support and Development Standards for Foster Carers and Skills Progression Criteria  
5.1.8 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.9 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.10 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.11 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Statement of Purpose  
5.2.2 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.3 Adoption Panel Updated
5.2.4 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.5 Adoption Support Updated
5.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.7 Adoption Reviews Updated
5.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.12 Adoption Case Records Updated
5.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.14 Intermediary Services  
5.2.15 Life Story Books Guidance Updated
5.2.16 Later Life Letters Updated
5.2.17 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
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 Designated Managers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments