Contents


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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. Case Management and Recording
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Children in Care
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Equality and Diversity New


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help Assessment  
1.2.2 Telford and Wrekin Threshold Guidance  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47) - Working Together to Safeguard Children  
 

See also:

 
1.3.4 Child Sexual Exploitation (Guidance for Children Services)  
1.3.5 Missing (Guidance for Children Services)  
1.3.6 Capacity and Consent  


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.4.2 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
1.5.5 Regional West Midlands Protocol to Give Effect to the 2013 Protocol for the Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  
  See also: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
  and Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing or Raising Concerns at Work
(West Midlands Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

 
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  


 

3.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

 
3.3.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
3.3.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
3.4.1 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  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers  


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children
(Shropshire Children's Services Procedures Manual)
 
  See also: Together4Children website for the Regional Adoption Agency for Telford and Wrekin Council.  


4. Children in Care

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After Updated
4.1.3 Care Planning Updated
4.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
4.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters
(Shropshire Children's Services Procedures Manual)
 
4.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
4.1.8 Risk Assessment and Planning New
4.1.9 Providing Personalised Care New


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care Updated
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care Updated
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Placements in Other Arrangements  
4.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.11 Delegation of Authority  
4.2.12 Health and Safety New
  See also: Children in Care and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Children in Care Reviews  
4.3.4 Life Story Guidance  
4.3.5 Children's Rights and Representations  
4.3.6 Children's Consultation and Participation  
4.3.7 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.8 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.9 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority  
4.4.1 Family Time with Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority  
4.5.1 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
4.5.3 Leisure Activities New


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management Updated
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint Updated


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  Youth Offending Additional National Guidance  
4.9.1 Children in Care and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
 

See also:

 
5.1.1 Fostering Panel Updated
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations  
5.1.8 Training and Development of Foster Carers New
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters
(Shropshire Children's Services Procedures Manual)
 


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
  See also: Together4Children website for the Regional Adoption Agency for Telford and Wrekin Council  
  All T4C policies are here: www.together4children.co.uk/pdf-downloads/  
  All Forms required by practitioners without access to T4C SharePoint are here: www.together4children.co.uk/word-documents  
  Note: The chapters in this section cover the Joint Adoption Service for Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin.  
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Later Life Letters  
5.2.15 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts  
6.2 Levels of Authorisation and Approval for Safeguarding Children & Specialist Services  
6.3 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.4 Telford & Wrekin Social Work Learning Resource  
6.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.6 Telford Adult Social Care Procedures  
6.7 Amendments