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Wiltshire Children's Services Procedures Manual: Contents

February 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. Case Management and Recording
  3. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care  
1.1.5 Operational Childrens Services Supervision Policy  



CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Gateway Panel Terms of Reference  
1.2.2 Common Assessment Framework  
1.2.3 Children in Need Threshold Criteria  
1.2.4 Children Missing Education Policy  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)  
1.3.3 Assessments  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
1.3.5 Case Transfer Protocol  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Court Proceedings  
1.4.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.4 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.5 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings (2013)  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.5.3 Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board Multi-Agency Pre-Birth Protocol to Safeguard Unborn Babies  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children Updated
2.3 Access to Records  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering Updated
3.3 Practitioners Guide to Access 16+ Accommodation  
3.4 Young Carers Updated

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children’s Disability Service  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
5.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.6 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.8 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.11 YJB Protocol for Court Ordered Secure Remands  
5.1.12 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.13 Child Arrangements Orders  
5.1.14 Placements outside England and Wales  
5.1.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.16 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.17 Breakdown Prevention Meetings  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Updated
5.3.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.5.5 Consumption of Alcohol by Foster Carers and Children and Young People in Foster Care  




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child Updated
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition

5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers - to follow  
5.7.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.7.5 Staying Put  
5.7.6 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.7 Supported Lodgings Statement of Purpose  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

6.1.1 Wiltshire Council Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
6.1.2 Foster Carers Charter Updated
6.1.3 Fostering Panel  
6.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.5 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.7 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.9 Managing Concerns, Complaints & Allegations Against Foster Carers, Including Historical Allegations  
6.1.10 Foster Carers who wish to Adopt the Child they are Fostering  
6.1.11 Fostering Allowances  
6.1.12 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol   



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Wiltshire Adoption Service Statement of Purpose  
6.2.2 Operational Children Services Approach to Adopted Children Including Adoption and Special Guardianship Order Breakdown  
6.2.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.4 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.5 Placing for Adoption: Babies and Children Relinquished by their Mother and Father  
6.2.6 Adoption Panel  
6.2.7 Placement for Adoption Updated
6.2.8 Adoption Support  
6.2.9 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.10 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.11 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.12 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.13 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.14 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.15 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.16 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.17 Intermediary Services  
6.2.18 Application for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.19 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.20 Life Story Books  
6.2.21 Later Life Letters  

7. Appendices

7.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
7.2 Foster Carer Handbook  
7.3 Children's Social Care Quality Standards  
7.4 Children’s Social Care Quality Standards for Managers  
7.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
7.6 Amendments