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Cambridgeshire Children's Service Procedures Manual

January 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


Introduction, Scope and Purpose

1.1.1 Welcome and Foreword  
1.1.2 Scope and Purpose  
1.1.3 Context, Definitions and National Guidance  
1.1.4 Policy, Values and Principles  
1.1.5 Consultation and Participation with Children, Young People and their Families  
1.1.6 Scheme of Delegation  



Case Management

1.2.1 Supervision Including Practice Guidance  
1.2.2 Framework for Case Management  
1.2.3 Resolving Professional Disagreements Updated
1.2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
1.2.5 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.2.6 Case Records and Retention  


Serious Incidents, Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.3.1 Need to Know (Including Death of a Child)  
  See also: Need to Know Reporting Form Updated
1.3.2 Notification of Significant Events  
1.3.4 Children's Services Feedback Procedure  
1.3.5 Whistleblowing Policy  

2. All Children


Early Help and Thresholds

2.1.1 Cambridgeshire LSCB Threshold Document  
2.1.2 Early Help Strategy (Cambridgeshire Families Thrive)  
  See also: Think Family  



Children's Social Care - Assessment, Planning and Review

2.2.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
2.2.2 Single Assessment Framework Updated

See also:

2.2.3 Cultural Competence  
2.2.4 Pre-Birth Procedure - Safeguarding Process  
2.2.5 Guidance on the Use of Written Agreements by Social Care Staff  
2.2.6 Planning and Review  

See also:



2.2.7 Intervention  



Legal Proceedings

2.3.1 Legal Proceedings  
2.3.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
2.3.4 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
2.3.5 Legal Planning Meeting - under review  




2.4.1 Children Missing from Education (CME) Policy  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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



Children From Abroad

3.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
3.2.3 Independent Family Returns Panel  




3.3.1 Neglect  
3.3.2 Domestic Violence and Abuse  
3.3.3 Honour Based Violence  
3.3.4 Female Genital Mutilation  
3.3.5 Children Missing from Care or Home Updated
3.3.6 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
3.3.7 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Gang Related Exploitation  
3.3.8 Postnatal Care (Safe Sleeping) - NICE  
3.3.9 Children Not Collected from School at the end of the School Day/Activity  
3.3.10 Guidance for Assessing Prison Contact  



Family and Friends Care

3.4.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4.2 Private Fostering  



Other Circumstances

3.5.1 The Youth Offending Service and Children 'In Need'  
3.5.2 Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
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 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.3 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.1.4 Notifications to and from Other Local Authorities  
4.1.5 Booking Transport for Looked After Children  
4.1.6 Looked After Children Who Have Their Own Funds  



Decision to Look After and Care Planning

4.2.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
4.2.2 Permanence Planning Guidance  
4.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.4 Disruption Policy  
4.2.5 Ceasing to Look After a Child  




4.3.1 Placements in Foster Care  
4.3.2 Placements in Residential Care  
4.3.3 Placed with Parents  
4.3.4 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.3.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.3.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.3.7 Out of Area Placements  
4.3.8 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



Monitoring and Review

4.4.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.4.3 Looked After Reviews  
  See also: Looked After and Review Timescales  
4.4.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.4.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

4.5.1 Contact with Family and Friends  
4.5.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

4.6.1 Education of Looked After Children  
4.6.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
4.6.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  



Health and Well-being

4.7.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
  Please see: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  
4.7.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.7.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.7.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
4.7.5 Substance Misuse Screening  
4.7.6 Bullying (Cambridgeshire LSCB)  




4.8.1 Life Story Work  
4.8.2 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.8.3 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Care and Transition

4.9.1 Care Leavers Charter Updated
4.9.2 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.9.3 Staying Put  
4.9.4 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
4.9.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

5. Fostering and Adoption


Concurrent Planning

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



Fostering Services

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



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  
5.3.5 Adoption Support  
5.3.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements - under review  
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 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.3.18 Later Life Letters  

6. Appendices

6.1 Glossary of Acronyms  
6.2 Recommended Reading  
6.3 Amendments