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Swindon Children, Families and Community Health Procedure Manual: 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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children with Disabilities
  5. Child Protection
  6. Looked After Children
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. Child Health Policies
  9. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Swindon’s Practice Framework and Vision  
1.1.2 Practice Framework and Principles Updated
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.5 Children, Families and Community Health Supervision Policy  
1.1.6 Childrens Social Care Supervision Policy  
1.1.7 Performance Management and Quality Assurance Framework Updated
1.1.8 Children, Families and Community Health Transport Policy and Procedure  
1.1.9 Responding to a Serious Incident Management Protocol  
1.1.10 Information Sharing Guidance for Children, Families and Community Health  



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Early Help  
1.2.2 Swindon Safeguarding Children’s Partnership Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance - The Right Help at the Right Time Updated
1.2.3 Children Missing from Education Policy  
1.2.4 Step Down Process from Child in Need to Early Help  
1.2.5 Early Help / Mash Step Up Processes  



Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Assessment Updated
1.3.2 A Model for Risk Assessment  
1.3.3 Pre Birth Assessment Procedure  
1.3.4 Case Transfer Protocol  



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 Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Child Arrangement Orders  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.5.2 Missing Children  
1.5.3 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Under 16
1.5.4 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
1.5.5 Safeguarding Children to Safeguarding Adults Transition Protocol  
1.5.6 Child Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.7 Notifications of Serious Incidents / Need to Know Policy Updated
1.5.8 Interpreter and Translation Procedure  
1.5.9 A Guide to the Statutory Principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005  
1.5.10 Deprivation of Liberty  
1.5.11 Financial Procedure New
1.5.12 Escalation Policy New



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Disclosure "Whistleblowing" Policy  
1.6.3 Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers who have Contact with Children and Young People  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
2.2 Managing Social Care Case Files  
2.3 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.4 Access to Your Personal Information / Subject Access Requests  
2.5 Requests for Deceased Information  
2.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.7 Guidance for Children, Families and Community Health Managers for Managing Caseloads without a Worker or the Worker is Currently Absent from Work  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Children in Need Procedures
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Joint Protocol for Young People Between 16-21 in Housing Need  
3.4 Young Carers  
3.5 Section 17 Payments  

4. Children with Disabilities

4.1 Disabled Children Team  
4.2 Direct Payments  
4.3 Short Breaks Through Statutory Assessment (Social Care)  
4.4 Short Breaks at Preventative Level (Aiming High)  
4.5 Short Breaks Scheme - The 'Home and Away' Respite Scheme  
4.6 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.7 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New

5. Child Protection

5.1 Child Protection  
5.2 Child Protection Plans - Lead Social Worker Role and Responsibilities Updated
5.3 Quorate Child Protection Conferences  
5.4 Notification and Transfer of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans across Swindon Borough Council Boundaries Procedure  
5.5 Policy to Reduce the Number of Children Subject to Child Protection Plans for Longer than 2 Years  
5.6 Referral Process for Opal  
5.7 Children Subject to Child Protection Plans and a Legal Order (Dual Plans)  

6. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
6.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
6.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance  
6.1.4 Guidance on Issues Relating to Section 20 of the Children Act and Placements with Relatives  
6.1.5 Disruption Meetings (Permanent Placements: Fostering and Residential)  
6.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
6.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
6.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
6.1.9 Out of Authority Placements for SBC Children  
6.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
6.1.12 Placements with Parents  
6.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placing Providers Updated
6.1.15 Ceasing to Look After a Child  



Monitoring and Reviews

6.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
6.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.2.4 Children Looked After Reviews  
6.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO)  
6.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated
6.2.7 Notification of Significant Events  
6.2.8 Local Dispute Resolution Process for Independent Reviewing Officers  



Contact and Overnight Stays

6.3.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
6.3.2 Social Visits (including Overnight Stays)  
6.3.3 Supervised Contact Procedure  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

6.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
6.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
6.4.3 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated



Health and Wellbeing

6.5.1 Health Assessments and Health Care Plans  
6.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
6.5.5 Sexual Health Procedure  




6.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
6.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
6.6.3 Birth Certificate Application Process  



Leaving Care and Transition

6.7.1 Care Leavers Financial Entitlement  
6.7.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
6.7.3 Staying Put  
6.7.4 Swindon's Leaving Care Policy  
6.7.5 Placement in Supported Lodgings Policy  
6.7.6 Joint Housing Protocol for Care Leavers  

7. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

  See also: Foster Carers Handbook  
7.1.1 Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
7.1.2 Foster Care Approval and Matching Panel  
7.1.3 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.1.4 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.1.5 Exemptions and Variations of Approval  
7.1.6 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.1.7 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.1.8 Managing Concerns, Complaints and Allegations against Foster Carers, including Historical Allegations  
7.1.9 Foster Carers Finance Handbook - under review  
7.1.10 Child in Foster Care - Delegated Authority Policy  
7.1.11 Dangerous Pets Policy  
7.1.12 Foster Carers Possessing Guns and Weapons  
7.1.13 Children in Foster Care – Delegated Authority Policy  



Adoption and Permanence

7.2.1 Adopt Thames Valley – Statement of Purpose Updated
7.2.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
7.2.3 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
7.2.4 Placement for Adoption Updated
7.2.5 Adoption Support  
7.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
7.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
7.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
7.2.12 Relinquished Children  
7.2.13 Adoption Case Records  
7.2.14 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated
7.2.15 Intermediary Services  
7.2.16 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
7.2.17 Court Reports in Adoption / Special Guardianship Guidance Updated
7.2.18 Life Story Work Policy and Procedure  
7.2.19 Later Life Letters  

8. Child Health Policies

  See: Resource Library  

9. Appendices

9.1 Local Contacts Updated
9.2 Scheme of Delegation  
9.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
9.4 Practice Guidance - Neglect  
9.5 Practice Guidance - Forced Marriage  
9.6 Children, Families and Community Health Equality Development Plan  
9.7 Children, Families and Community Health Statement of Intent for Equality Monitoring  
9.8 Children, Families and Community Health – Clinical Incident Reporting Policy & Procedures (including serious incidents)  
9.9 Sexual Health Services Policy for Swindon Secondary Schools  
9.10 School Nursing Policy for the Delivery of Routine School Age Childhood Immunisations  
9.11 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol  
9.12 Overpayment of Fostering Allowances and Fees Policy  
9.13 Friends and Family Care Guide  
9.14 Children Services Social Media Policy  
9.15 Children Services Staff Induction Pack  
9.16 Amendments