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Cambridgeshire Children's Service Procedures Manual

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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  
1.1.2 Consultation and Participation with Children and Young People  
1.1.3 Scheme of Delegated Authority  



Case Management and Recording

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



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


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 Enquiries and Referrals  
2.2.2 Cultural Competence  
2.2.3 Single Assessment Framework  

See also:

2.2.4 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Pre-Birth Protocol  
2.2.5 Written Agreements  
  In July 2019, CCC took the decision to stop the use of Written Agreements with families. Risks / safety issues and how to manage them should be written into the child’s plan; Child Protection, Care Plan or Child in Need Plan.  
2.2.6 Planning and Review Updated
2.2.7 Safety Plans New

See also:

2.2.8 Intervention following Assessment  



Legal Proceedings

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




2.4.1 Children Missing from Education (CME) Policy  
2.4.2 Children not Collected from School: Joint Protocol  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

3.1.1 Disability Social Care 0 - 25  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Transitions - Disability Service  
  See also: Adult Assessment Process  
3.1.4 Short Breaks  
3.1.5 Care, Education & Treatment Reviews  
3.1.6 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New



Children From Abroad

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




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  
  See also: Missing from Care Notification  
3.3.6 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
3.3.7 Online Safeguarding Strategy  
3.3.8 Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation  
3.3.9 Postnatal Care (Safe Sleeping) - NICE  
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 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  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation  



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  




4.3.1 Placement in Foster Care  
4.3.2 Placement in Residential Care Updated
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  



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 Updated
4.4.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.4.5 Secure Accommodation (or 'Criteria') Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

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



Education, School Trips and Holidays

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



Health and Wellbeing

4.7.1 Health Assessments and Action Plans  
  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)  




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



Leaving Care and Transition

4.9.1 Care Leavers Charter  
4.9.2 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.9.3 Local Offer to Care Leavers: Pathways4Us  
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


Concurrent Planning

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



Fostering Services

5.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
5.2.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.2.3 Fostering Panel  
5.2.4 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
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 Updated



Adoption and Permanence

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

6. Appendices

6.1 Amendments  
6.2 Documents Library