Using this Manual

Welcome to the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust Procedures Manual.

This following information explains how the manual works.

1. About this Manual

This Procedures Manual was first published in February 2016 following extensive involvement on the part of operational staff. Operational staff remain involved in the reviewing and amending of procedure, while senior management and leadership teams are responsible for the approving (authorising) of amended and new procedures.

This Manual is divided into the following sections:

  • Contents – The Contents section list procedures that meet the national social work requirements required by legislation and statutory guidance in the delivery of children services;
  • Local Resources - The Local Resources contain forms, (report) templates, flowcharts, guidance and leaflets in use in Northamptonshire for the purpose of undertaking the procedures contained in this Manual;
  • Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (NSCP) Procedures Manual - This manual is devised to provide you with a set of procedures which comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children. The NSCP Manual should be read alongside this Manual as it contains procedures relevant to your work.

You can access the manual by clicking on the ‘SCP Procedures’ link located at the top of this page.

Before using the procedures listed in the manual’s Contents section, please check Local Resources, New and Amended Procedures as the current version of the procedure you need maybe available there.

We respect and value the wishes and feelings of the children and young people we work with. One way we demonstrate this is by referring to those we care for as ‘Children in Care’ as opposed to ‘Looked After Children’. However, in the context of this manual, as ‘Looked After Children’ is referred to in legislation, this is the terminology that is used within the procedures. The term ‘Children in Care’ is used in this manual where possible.

Local authorities in England deliver a range of statutory and non-statutory services for children. In Northamptonshire these statutory children’s service care functions and duties are undertaken by Northamptonshire Children’s Trust on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council. The power for Northamptonshire County Council to discharge care functions is detailed in the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. As a result, where ‘Local Authority’ is used in the context of statutory care functions and duties, it should be understood that these will be undertaken by Northamptonshire Children’s Trust.

For more information regarding this manual, please contact Kwesi Williams.

2. Amendments

This manual is updated at least twice a year and a summary of the new and updated chapters is available from clicking on here. The next manual updated is scheduled for publication in August 2021.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your manager in the first instance.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

3. Local Resources

This manual contains a document library which reflects the structure of the contents list and can be accessed via the button bar on the left of your screen. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.

4. Glossary and National Contacts

The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.

There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.

5. Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.

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9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

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