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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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices


1. All Children

Caption: All Children
   
  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  
  Northamptonshire Children's Services Procedures Manual: Practitioner Guidance Notes  
  Northamptonshire Children's Services Procedures Manual Maintenance Practice Guidance  

1.1

Policy Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Need to Know Procedure – Essential Reporting for Safeguarding and Children's Services Updated
  See also: Need to Know Briefing Pro-forma  
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.4 Consultation Policy  
1.1.5 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.6 Family and Friends Care  
1.1.7 Supervision Practice and Service Standards (Supervision Policy)  


 

1.2

Learning Skills and Education

 
  See: Local Resources.  

1.2.1

All Services

 
  1.2.1.1 Guidance to Ensure Consistency of Recording Documentation on Capita One for SEND and EIP Teams  
  1.2.1.2 Capita One Naming Protocol for SEND, EIP, EPS Teams  

1.2.2

Education Health Care Team

 
  See: Local Resources.  

1.2.3

Education Inclusion Partnership Team

 
  1.2.3.1 Child Missing From Education Practice Manual  
  1.2.3.2 DA Process  
  1.2.3.3 MISPER Process  
  1.2.3.4 Child Missing From Education General Enquiries  
  1.2.3.5 EIPT Process for Permanent Exclusion  
  1.2.3.6 IO Process for Managed Moves  
  1.2.3.7 Attendance Prosecution Process  
  1.2.3.8 Attendance and Enforcement Policy  
  1.2.3.9 Attendance Monitoring Process  
  1.2.3.10 Attendance and Prosecution Contacts Process  
  1.2.3.11 ICU Interview Plan  
  1.2.3.12 Bail Warrant Process  

1.2.4

Educational Psychology Service

 
  1.2.4.1 Discharging Responsibilities for Safeguarding Children & Young People: Guidelines for Northamptonshire Educational Psychologists  

1.2.5

Effectiveness

 
  See: Local Resources.  

1.2.6

SEND Support Service

 
  1.2.6.1 SEND Support Service Operating Procedures  
  1.2.6.2 SEND Support Service 6 and 12 Month Review Process  
  1.2.6.3 SEND Support Service Allocation Process  
  1.2.6.4 SEND Support Service Closure Process  
  1.2.6.5 SEND Support Service Handover Process  
  1.2.6.6 SEND Support Service Initial Visit Process  
  1.2.6.7 SEND Support Service Referral Process  
  1.2.6.8 SEND Support Service Unnamed Consultation Recording  

1.2.7

Sensory Impairment Service

 
  See: Local Resources.  


 

1.3

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

 
1.3.1 Early Help Assessment  
1.3.2 Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support  
1.3.3 Capacity and Consent New


 

1.4

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.4.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.4.2 Assessments Updated
1.4.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.4.4 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams – Case Transfer and Closure  
1.4.5 Pre-birth Assessments
(NSCP Link - see: Local Protocols)
 
1.4.6 Concealed Pregnancies
(NSCP Link - see: Local Protocols)
 


 

1.5

Court Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings & Gateway Panel 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: 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)  
1.5.5 Police Powers of Protection  


 

1.6

Miscellaneous

 
1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.6.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation
(Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual)
 
1.6.3 Supplementary Guidance on Safeguarding Issues, Working Together to Safeguard Children - Appendix B: Further Sources of Information  
1.6.4 Children (Subject of a Child Protection Plan) Travelling Abroad  
1.6.5 Non Recent (Historic) Abuse  
1.6.6 Harmful Sexual Behaviour
(Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual)
 
  Guide to Identifying, Understanding and Responding to Potentially Harmful Sexual Behaviours in Children and Young People
(NSCP Link)
 
1.6.7 Section 85/86 (Children Act,1989) Welfare Checks for Children Accommodated in Educational Residential or Health Provision  


 

1.7

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
  See also: Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  
1.7.1 Complaints, Compliments and Representations  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing (Intranet Link)  
  Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children's Social Care Services - Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers  
1.7.3 Resolution and Escalation Process (IRO and CP Chair)  


2. Case Management and Recording

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  
2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.5 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff - under review New
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices - under review New


3. Prevention and Family Support

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  
3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 year olds  
3.4 Young Carers  
3.5 Family Agreements Good Practice Guidance  
3.6 Children Living Away from Home With Other Families
(Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual)
 
3.7 Adolescent Risk Management
(NSCP Link)
 
3.8 Section 17 Financial Support for Children in Need  


4. Children in Particular Circumstances

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  

4.1

Children with Disabilities

 
4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  


 

4.2

Children from Abroad

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


 

4.3

Relinquished Children

 
4.3.1 Relinquished Children  


 

4.4

Education

 
4.4.1 Elective Home Education Policy  


 

4.5

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
4.5.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
4.5.2 Mental Capacity  


5. Looked After Children

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  

5.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
5.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Strategy  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.1.17 Reunification for Looked After Children  
5.1.18 Stability Network Meeting for Children in Care  


 

5.2

Monitoring and Reviews

 
5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

5.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

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


 

5.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK (When the Child is Looked After)  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  


 

5.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media  


 

5.6

Identity

 
5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  


 

5.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Staying Put  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
5.7.4 Northamptonshire Protocol for Reducing the Unnecessary Criminalisation of Children in Care and Care Leavers New
5.7.5 Joint Working Protocol for Care Leavers: CFN and Job Centre Plus New
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

5.8

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines and Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service  
5.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.8.2 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  


6. Fostering and Adoption

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  

6.1

Fostering Services

 
6.1.1 Fostering Statement of Purpose  
6.1.2 Fostering Panel  
6.1.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.4 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Review and Termination of Approved Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
6.1.9 Finance Guidance - Foster Carers Allowances, Fees and Other Financial Support - to follow  
6.1.10 Smoking Policy for Foster Carers and Children and Young People in Care  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

6.2

Adoption and Permanence

 
6.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
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 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.10 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.11 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.12 Intermediary Services  
6.2.13 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.14 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.15 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.16 Later Life Letters  
6.2.17 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.18 Guidance on Payment of Adoption Allowance, Special Guardianship Order Allowances and Child Arrangements Order Allowances  


7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

  See also: Links to Further Relevant Northamptonshire Materials  
7.1 Local Contacts  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
  See also: Working Together to Safeguard Children - Appendix B: Further Sources of Information  
7.4 Amendments  

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