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City of York Children's Social Care Procedures Manual: Contents

November 2018

Quick Links: 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. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children with Disabilities
  5. Children From Abroad
  6. Children in Care
  7. Fostering
  8. Adoption
  9. Special Guardianship and Child Arrangements Orders
  10. Information for Service Users
  11. Supervision
  12. Local Contacts, Designated Managers and Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Social Care Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Framework for Health and Social Care Research  
1.1.5 Family and Friends Care  



Family Early Help Assessment and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Family Early Help Assessment  
1.2.2 Threshold - Levels of need and conversations  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Single Assessment  
1.3.3 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
1.3.4 Case Transfers  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Gateway Meetings  
1.4.4 Legal Gateway Planning Meetings Procedure  



Safeguarding in Children’s Services

1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Child in Care) Updated
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.3 Social Networking Information for Children’s Social Care Staff, Foster Carers and Prospective Adopters  
1.5.4 Child Protection Cases and the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 City of York Council Whistleblowing Policy  
1.6.3 Staff Guidance: Learning from Customer Feedback, Comments, Concerns, Compliments and Complaints Procedure  



Child Protection Procedures – Children’s Social Care Guidance for Staff

1.7.1 Core Groups - Practice Guidance  
1.7.2 City of York Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Service: Managing Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers Practice Guidance  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Standards  
2.2 Case Records and Retention Updated
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests Updated

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews - Practice Guidance Updated
3.2 Temporary Care of a Child or Young Person by Someone Other than a Parent or Current Carer at the Request of Children's Social Care  
3.3 Private Fostering – Practice Guidance  
3.4 Joint Procedure for the Assessment of Housing and Support Needs of Homeless or likely to become Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.5 Family Group Conference  
3.6 Young Carers  

4. Children with Disabilities

4.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.2 Children’s Disability Service  
4.3 Direct Payments  
4.4 Short Breaks  

5. Children from Abroad

5.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
5.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated

6. Children in Care


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children in Care  
6.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
6.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
6.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
6.1.8 Out of Authority Placements: Approval, Consultation and Notification Process  
6.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.1.11 Placements with Parents  
6.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.1.13 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.1.14 Joint Panel Policy  
6.1.15 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.1.16 Responding to Children and Young People who go Missing from Placement  
6.1.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.1.18 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care  



Monitoring and Reviews

6.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care Updated
6.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
6.2.3 Children and Young People in Care Reviews Updated
6.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
6.2.6 Children in Care Resolutions Process  
6.2.7 Notification of Significant Events  



Contact and Overnight Stays

6.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
6.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

6.4.1 Education of Children in Care  
6.4.2 Arrangements for Leisure, Holiday and Other Extra-Mural Activities for Children in Care  
6.4.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

6.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
6.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
6.5.5 Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) for Children in Care  



Change of Name and Marriage

6.6.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
6.6.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  



Leaving Care and Transition

6.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
6.7.2 Pathway Financial Arrangements for Young People who have Left Care Aged 16-17  
6.7.3 Pathway Financial Arrangements for Former Relevant Young People who have Left Care Aged 18+  
6.7.4 Staying Put  
6.7.5 Protocol and Guidance on the Provision of Pathway Support to Care Leavers up to the age of 24  



Youth Offending

6.8.1 Children in Care In Contact With Youth Justice Services  
6.8.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children in Care who are in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

7. Fostering

  National Minimum Standards 2011 - Fostering Services  
  City of York Foster Carer’s Handbook  
7.1 Fostering Panel  
7.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.3 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
7.4 Fostering Exemptions and Extensions / Variations to Foster Carer’s Terms of Approval  
7.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
7.8 Foster Carer Recording  
7.9 Guidance on the Assessment of New Partners within Fostering Households  
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  

8. Adoption

  National Minimum Standards - Adoption - July 2014  
8.1 Plan for Adoption Updated
8.2 Placement for Adoption  
8.3 Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption Updated
8.4 Adoption Case Records Updated
8.5 Life Story Books  
8.6 Later Life Letters  
8.7 Adoption Panel  
8.8 Adoption Support  
8.9 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
8.10 Adoption Reviews  
8.11 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
8.12 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
8.13 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted and in Receipt of Adoption Support Services from City of York  
8.14 Inter Country Adoption  
8.15 Step Parent and other Non Agency Adoption  
8.16 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
8.17 Intermediary Services and Access to Information in Pre-Commencement Adoptions  

9. Special Guardianship and Child Arrangement Orders

9.1 Application for Special Guardianship Orders  
9.2 Special Guardianship Order Support  
9.3 Child Arrangements Order Allowances  
9.4 Guidance on Payment of Adoption Allowance, Special Guardianship Order Allowance and Child Arrangement Order Allowance  
9.5 Court Reports in Placement Orders/Adoption Orders/Special Guardianship Orders Guidance  

10. Information for Service Users

10.1 City of York’s Pledge to Children and Young People in Care  
10.2 Young People’s Guide to the Independent Reviewing Officers Handbook  
10.3 Confidentiality and Access to Records Leaflet  

11. Supervision

11.1 Supervision Policy and Guidance to Staff  

12. Local Contacts, Designated Managers and Appendices

12.1 Key Local Contacts Updated
12.2 Local Keywords  
12.3 Designated Managers Updated
12.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
12.5 Amendments