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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. Children in Care
  7. Fostering Services
  8. Adoption
  9. Permanence
  10. Appendices

1. All Children

CAPTION: All Children


All Children

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 A Strengths Based Approach  
1.1.3 Equality and Diversity Policy New
1.1.4 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.5 Capacity and Consent Updated
1.1.6 Children at Risk of Exploitation (CRE) - Cases Already Known to Early Help or Children's Social Care  
1.1.7 Information Sharing Guide for Practitioners  
1.1.8 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
1.1.9 Derbyshire Probation Trust Information Sharing Agreement  
1.1.10 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
1.1.11 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
1.1.12 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.1.13 Data Subject Rights (including Subject Access Requests)  
1.1.14 Serious Incident Policy  
1.1.15 Social Work Allocation  
1.1.16 Transfer of Cases Protocol - Localities, Reception, IDCS and Children in Care  
1.1.17 Joint Runaway and Missing from Home or Care Protocol  
1.1.18 Supervision Policy Updated
1.1.19 Derby People's Services Department - Children's Workforce Strategy 2019 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

CAPTION: Prevention and Early Intervention
2.1 Derby City and Derbyshire Thresholds Guidance
2.2 Early Help Assessment and Processes  
2.3 Guidance for Completing a Family Early Help Assessment (Derby and Derbyshire SCP, Documents Library)  
2.4 Early Help Case Work Guidance - for MAT Teams and Children's Centre Staff  
2.5 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
2.6 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
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 Partnership Procedures, Children at Risk of Exploitation (CRE)  
2.10 Derby and Derbyshire Joint Neglect and Graded Care Profile Practice Guidance and Assessment Tool  
2.11 Priority Families  
2.12 Children's Centres  
2.13 Young Carers  
2.14 Relinquished Children  
2.15 Children Missing Education Policy  

3. Children in Need

CAPTION: Children in Need


Contacts Referrals and Assessments

3.1.1 Social Care Single Assessment Guidance  
3.1.2 Derby City Initial Response Team Flowchart  
3.1.3 Initial Response Team: Children's Services  
3.1.4 Derby City Council Initial Response Team Flowchart  
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, Work and Reviews  



Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds

3.2.1 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
3.2.2 Derby City's Joint Housing Protocol for 16 and 17 Year Olds  



Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

3.3.1 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)  
3.3.2 Integrated Disabled Children's Service  
3.3.3 Integrated Disabled Children's Service Eligibility Criteria  
3.3.4 Direct Payments  
3.3.5 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
3.3.6 Medicines Management (2017 - 2020)  
3.3.7 Restraint and Physical Intervention (Light House Community Support Team)  
3.3.8 A Guide to Parent Carer Needs Assessments New
  See also: Short Breaks and Derby SEND Local Offer  



Short Breaks

3.4.1 Short Breaks  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

3.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.5.2 Mental Capacity  

4. Significant Harm

CAPTION: Significant Harm
4.1 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures
4.2 AIM2 Assessment Process  
4.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
4.4 Child Protection Cases under the 1996 Hague Convention  
4.5 Section 47 Enquiries  
4.6 Participation in Child Protection Conferences  
4.7 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
4.8 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
4.9 Supervision Orders  
4.10 Guidance RE: Publicity when Children are Subject to Care or Adoption Proceedings  
4.11 Death of or Serious Harm to a Child  

5. Children Away from Home with Friends and Family

CAPTION: 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. Children in Care

CAPTION: Children in Care
  Our Pledge to Children in Care  


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) Updated
6.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning
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 Children in Care Placements Commissioning and Sufficiency Strategy (2019 - 2022)  



Youth Offending Service (YOS)

6.2.1 Youth Offending Service and Children's Social Care  
6.2.2 Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.3 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
6.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
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 Children in Care  
6.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.4.3 Looked After Reviews  
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 Children in Care  
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 Assessments and Plans  
6.6.2 Medication Record  
6.6.3 Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service - For Looked After Children Updated
6.6.4 Change of Name of a Child in Care (including Naming Relinquished Babies)  
6.6.5 Marriage of a Child in Care  
6.6.6 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
6.6.7 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  



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  
6.7.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.7.6 Staying Put Policy  
6.7.7 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
  See also Transfer of Cases Protocol - Localities, Reception, IDCS and Children in Care.  

7. Fostering Services

CAPTION: 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  
7.8 Personal Care and Relationships (Guidance for Foster Carers)  
7.9 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
7.10 Placement with Dog Owning Families (Foster Carers)  

See also:


8. Adoption

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

9. Permanence

CAPTION: Permanence
9.1 Derby City Council Permanency Policy Updated

10. Appendices

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