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Cambridgeshire Children's Service Procedures Manual

October 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

Introduction

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


 

1.2

Case Management and Recording

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


 

1.3

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  
1.3.5 Whistleblowing Policy  


2. All Children

2.1

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  


 

2.2

Assessment, Planning and Review

 
2.2.1 Enquiries and Referrals  
2.2.2 Cultural Competence  
2.2.3 Single Assessment Framework  
 

See also:

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

See also:

 
2.2.6 Intervention following Assessment  


 

2.3

Legal Proceedings

 
2.3.1 Legal Proceedings and Legal Planning Meetings  
2.3.2 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
2.3.4 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
  See also: Eastern Region Supervision Order Protocol  


 

2.4

Education

 
2.4.1 Children Missing from Education (CME) Policy  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 
3.1.1 Disabled Children's Social Care  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Transitions - Disability Service  
  See also: Adult Assessment Process  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  


 

3.2

Children From Abroad

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


 

3.3

Safeguarding

 
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 Updated
3.3.7 Online Safeguarding Strategy New
3.3.8 Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Updated
3.3.9 Postnatal Care (Safe Sleeping) - NICE  
3.3.10 Guidance for Assessing Prison Contact  


 

3.4

Family and Friends Care

 
3.4.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4.2 Private Fostering Updated


 

3.5

Other Circumstances

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


4. Looked After Children

4.1

General

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


 

4.2

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

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


 

4.3

Placements

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


 

4.4

Monitoring and Review

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


 

4.5

Contact and Overnight Stays

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


 

4.6

Education, School Trips and Holidays

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


 

4.7

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  
4.7.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.7.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
4.7.5 Substance Misuse  
4.7.6 Bullying (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough LSCB)  


 

4.8

Identity

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


 

4.9

Leaving Care and Transition

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


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Concurrent Planning

 
5.1.1 Fostering for Adoption and Concurrent Planning Updated
  See also: Concurrency Definition – Cambridgeshire  


 

5.2

Fostering Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approval 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  


 

5.3

Adoption and Permanence

 
5.3.1 Relinquished for Adoption Updated
5.3.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
5.3.3 Adoption Panel Updated
5.3.4 Placement for Adoption Updated
5.3.5 Adoption Support Updated
5.3.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoption Placements Updated
5.3.7 Adoption Reviews Updated
5.3.8 Disruption of an Adoptive Placement Updated
5.3.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters Updated
5.3.10 Inter Country Adoption Updated
5.3.11 Non Agency Adoption Updated
5.3.12 Adoption Case Records Updated
5.3.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated
5.3.14 Intermediary Services Updated
5.3.15 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.16 Court Reports: Adoption, Placement and Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.17 Later Life Letters Updated


6. Appendices

6.1 Amendments  
6.2 Documents Library  

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