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Cambridgeshire Children's Service Procedures Manual

May 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. The Cambridgeshire Context
  2. All Children
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Appendices

1. The Cambridgeshire Context



1.1.1 Introduction and Foreword Updated
1.1.2 Consultation and Participation with Children, Young People and their Families  
1.1.3 Scheme of Delegated Responsibility Updated



Case Management

1.2.1 Supervision: Procedure and Practice Guidance  
1.2.2 Framework for Case Management  
1.2.3 Resolving Professional Disagreements  
1.2.4 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.2.5 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.2.6 Case Records and Retention Updated
1.2.7 Access to Records New


Serious Incidents, Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.3.1 Need to Know (Including Death of a Child)  
  See also: Need to Know Reporting Form  
1.3.2 Notification of Significant Events  
1.3.4 Complaints and Representations - Staff Guidance Updated
1.3.5 Whistleblowing Policy  

2. All Children


Early Help and Thresholds

2.1.1 Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board Threshold Document  
2.1.2 Early Help Strategy (Cambridgeshire Families Thrive)  
  See also: Think Family  



Assessment, Planning and Review

2.2.1 Contacts and Referrals  
2.2.2 Single Assessment Framework  

See also:

2.2.3 Cultural Competence  
2.2.4 Pre-Birth Planning Updated
2.2.5 Written Agreements Updated
2.2.6 Planning and Review Updated

See also:

2.2.7 Intervention  



Legal Proceedings

2.3.1 Legal Proceedings and Legal Planning Meetings Updated
2.3.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
2.3.4 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated




2.4.1 Children Missing from Education (CME) Policy  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Disabled Children's Social Care  
3.1.3 Direct Payments  
3.1.4 Transitions - Disability Service  
  See also: Adult Assessment Process  
3.1.5 Short Breaks  



Children From Abroad

3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated




3.3.1 Neglect  
3.3.2 Domestic Violence and Abuse  
3.3.3 Honour Based Violence  
3.3.4 Female Genital Mutilation Updated
3.3.5 Children Missing from Care or Home  
3.3.6 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
3.3.7 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Gang Related Exploitation  
3.3.8 Postnatal Care (Safe Sleeping) - NICE  
3.3.9 Guidance for Assessing Prison Contact  



Family and Friends Care

3.4.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4.2 Private Fostering Updated



Other Circumstances

3.5.1 The Youth Offending Service and Children 'In Need'  
3.5.2 Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds Updated
3.5.3 Young Carers  

4. Looked After Children



4.1.1 The Pledge: Our Promise to Looked After Children and Young People  
4.1.2 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
4.1.3 Notifications to and from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers Updated
4.1.4 Booking Transport for Looked After Children Updated
4.1.5 Looked After Children Who Have Their Own Funds  
4.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation New
4.1.7 Out of Area Placements Updated



Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.2.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
  See also: Initial Procedures for a Looked After Child.  
4.2.2 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
4.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated
4.2.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings Updated
4.2.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated




4.3.1 Placement in Foster Care Updated
4.3.2 Placement in Residential Care Updated
4.3.3 Placement with Parents Updated
4.3.4 Placement with Connected Persons ('Regulation 24') Updated
4.3.5 Placement in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
4.3.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
4.3.7 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated



Monitoring and Review

4.4.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
4.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.4.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
4.4.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.4.5 Secure Accommodation (or 'Criteria') Reviews Updated



Contact and Overnight Stays

4.5.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
4.5.2 Social Visits and Overnight Stays Updated



Education, School Trips and Holidays

4.6.1 Education of Looked After Children Updated
4.6.2 Holidays and School Trips Within and Outside the UK Updated



Health and Wellbeing

4.7.1 Health Assessments and Action Plans Updated
  See also: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  
4.7.2 Personal Care and Relationships Updated
4.7.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring Updated
4.7.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention Updated
4.7.5 Substance Misuse Updated
4.7.6 Bullying (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough LSCB)  




4.8.1 Life Story Work Updated
4.8.2 Change of Name of a Looked After Child Updated
4.8.3 Marriage and Civil Partnerships Updated



Leaving Care and Transition

4.9.1 Care Leavers Charter  
4.9.2 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.9.3 Care Leaver’s Guide  
4.9.4 Staying Put Updated
  See also: Staying Put Finances New
4.9.5 Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody Updated

5. Fostering and Adoption


Concurrent Planning

5.1.1 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
  See also: Concurrency Definition – Cambridgeshire  



Fostering Services

5.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
5.2.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering Updated
5.2.3 Fostering Panel Updated
5.2.4 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
5.2.5 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
5.2.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval Updated
5.2.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Updated



Adoption and Permanence

5.3.1 Relinquished for Adoption  
5.3.2 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.3.3 Adoption Panel  
5.3.4 Placement for Adoption Updated
5.3.5 Adoption Support  
5.3.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.3.7 Adoption Reviews  
5.3.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.3.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.3.10 Inter Country Adoption  
5.3.11 Non Agency Adoption  
5.3.12 Adoption Case Records  
5.3.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.3.14 Intermediary Services  
5.3.15 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance - under review  
5.3.17 Later Life Letters  

6. Appendices

6.1 Amendments  
6.2 Documents Library