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Derby CityChildren's Social Care Procedures


March 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. All Children
  2. Prevention and Early Intervention
  3. Children in Need
  4. Significant Harm
  5. Children Away from Home with Friends and Family
  6. Looked After Children
  7. Fostering Services
  8. Adoption
  9. Permanence
  10. Appendices

1. All Children


All Children

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Information Sharing Guide for Practitioners  
1.1.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
1.1.5 Derbyshire Probation Trust Information Sharing Agreement  
1.1.6 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.1.7 Procedure for Dealing with Subject Access Requests  
1.1.8 Serious Incident Policy  
1.1.9 Social Work Allocation  
1.1.10 Transfer of Cases Protocol  
1.1.11 Joint Runaway and Missing from Home or Care Protocol  
1.1.12 Supervision Policy  
1.1.13 Derby People's Services Department - Children's Workforce Strategy 2016 Update  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.2.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.2.2 Confidential Reporting Code (Whistleblowing)  
1.2.3 Have your Say – Customer Feedback Leaflet  

2. Prevention and Early Intervention

2.1 Derby City and Derbyshire Thresholds Guidance
2.2 Early Help Assessment and Processes, including Strategy  
2.3 Guidance for Completing a Family Early Help Assessment  
2.4 Early Help Case Work Guidance – for MAT Teams and Children's Centre Staff  
2.5 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)  
2.6 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
2.7 Derby City Council Intentionally Homeless Protocol (including flowchart)  
2.8 Derby City and Derbyshire Joint Multi Agency Protocol for Pre Birth Assessments and Interventions  
2.9 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures, Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation  
2.10 Derby Neglect and Graded Care Profile Practice Guidance and Assessment Tool  
2.11 Priority Families  
2.12 Children's Centres  
2.13 Young Carers Updated
2.14 Relinquished Children  

3. Children in Need


Contacts Referrals and Assessments

3.1.1 Social Care Single Assessment Guidance  
3.1.2 Derby City Council Children's Services Assessment Protocol  
3.1.3 First Contact Team: Children's Services  
3.1.4 Derby City Council Reception First Contact Team Flow Chart  
3.1.5 Derby City Care Line: Out of Hours Social Care Service Protocol with Area Teams  
3.1.6 Processing Section 7 Requests from Court and CAFCASS  
3.1.7 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.1.8 Children in Need Guidance for MAT Teams and Social Work Staff  



Family Group Conferences and Resource Panel

3.2.1 Family Group Conferencing Service: Referral Procedure  



Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds

3.3.1 Derby City's Joint Housing Protocol for 16 and 17 Year Olds  



Disabled Children

3.4.1 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)  
3.4.2 Integrated Disabled Children's Service  
3.4.3 Integrated Disabled Children's Service Eligibility Criteria  
3.4.4 Direct Payments  
3.4.5 Medicines Management (2017 - 2020)  
  See also: Short Breaks  



Short Breaks

3.5.1 Short Breaks  

4. Significant Harm

4.1 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures
4.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
4.3 Child Protection Cases under the 1996 Hague Convention  
4.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
4.5 Participation in Child Protection Conferences  
4.6 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
4.7 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
4.8 Supervision Orders  
4.9 Guidance RE: Publicity when Children are Subject to Care or Adoption Proceedings New
4.10 Death of or Serious Harm to a Child  

5. Children Away from Home with Friends and Family

5.1 Private Fostering  
5.2 Relative, Friend or other Person Connected with the Child: Who Should be Considered?  
5.3 Friends and Family Policy  
5.4 Child Arrangements Orders and Derby Support Scheme  
5.5 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.6 Placements with Parents  
5.7 Looked After Children Exit Team: Practice Guidance / Protocol  
5.8 Application for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.9 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
5.10 Special Guardianship Orders and Derby Support Scheme  

6. Looked After Children


Care Planning and Contact


In an emergency please refer to the following procedures:

6.1.1 Provision of Accommodation for Children through Voluntary Arrangement (Section 20)  
6.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.3 Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings  
6.1.4 Guidance on the Admission of Children to Care, Placement Planning and Review  
6.1.5 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  



Youth Offending Service (YOS)

6.2.1 Handbook of Joint Working between Youth Offending Service and Children and Young People's Service (2016)  
6.2.2 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.3 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  




6.3.1 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.3.2 Placements in Foster Care  
6.3.3 Placements in Residential Care  
6.3.4 Out of Area Placements  
6.3.5 Placements outside England and Wales  



Monitoring and Reviews

6.4.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
6.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.4.3 Looked After Reviews Updated
6.4.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.4.5 Meeting the Needs of Looked After Children - Aide Memoire  



Education and Trips

6.5.1 Education of Looked After Children Updated
6.5.2 Holidays and School Trips in England/Wales  
6.5.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside England/Wales  



Health and Wellbeing

6.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
6.6.2 Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service – The Keep  
6.6.3 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.6.4 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.6.5 Change of Name of a Looked After Child (including Naming Relinquished Babies)  
6.6.6 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
6.6.7 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
6.6.8 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.6.9 Placement with Dog Owning Families (Foster Carers and Prospective Adopters)  



Leaving Care

6.7.1 Charter for Care Leavers (DfE)  
6.7.2 Our Pledge to Care Leavers (Derby City Council)  
6.7.3 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.7.4 Leaving Care Financial Procedures (2017)  
6.7.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.7.6 Transfer protocol: from Children in Care (including localities and children with disabilities where applicable) and After Care Service Aspire 18+ Team  
6.7.7 Staying Put Policy  
6.7.8 Ceasing to Look After a Child  

7. Fostering Services

  Fostering Services National Minimum Standards
7.1 Fostering Panel  
7.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.4 Exemptions and Extensions  
7.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.6 Review of Foster Carers  
7.7 Managing Allegations Against Foster Carers  

See also:


8. Adoption

  Adoption National Minimum Standards  
8.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
8.2 Adoption Panel  
8.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
8.4 Relinquished Children  
8.5 Adoption Support  
8.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
8.7 Adoption Reviews  
8.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
8.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption  
8.10 Inter Country Adoption  
8.11 Non Agency Adoption  
8.12 Intermediary Services  
8.13 Adoption Case Records  
8.14 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
8.15 Life Story Books  
8.16 Later Life Letters  
8.17 Adoption Tracking Meeting  
8.18 The Adoption Decision Process in relation to Child Permanence Reports  
8.19 Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption Updated
  See also: Placement with Dog Owning Families (Foster Carers and Prospective Adopters)  

9. Permanence

9.1 Derby City Permanence Policy  

10. Appendices

10.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
10.2 Amendments