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  1. All Children
  2. Case Management and Recording
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  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 Swindon Practice Framework and Principles for Children's Social Care  
1.1.3 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.4 Children, Families and Community Health Supervision Policy  
1.1.5 Children's Social Care Supervision Policy  
1.1.6 Performance Management and Quality Assurance Framework Updated
1.1.7 Children, Families and Community Health Transport Policy and Procedure  
1.1.8 Responding to a Serious Incident Management Protocol  
1.1.9 Information Sharing Guidance for Children, Families and Community Health  
1.1.10 Participation and Engagement Strategy New
1.1.11 Financial Procedure  



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  
1.2.3 Children Missing from Education (CME) Policy Updated
1.2.4 Step Down Process from Child in Need to Early Help  
1.2.5 Early Help / Mash Step Up Processes  



Children's Social Care Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Assessment Updated
1.3.2 Swindon MASH Protocol New
1.3.3 A Model for Risk Assessment  
1.3.4 Pre Birth Assessment Procedure  
1.3.5 Case Transfer Protocol  
1.3.6 Child Protection Enquires (Section 47)
(Swindon Safeguarding Partnership Procedures)
1.3.7 AIM Assessment and Referral Information New
1.3.8 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  



Legal Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders Updated
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and The Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.5.2 Disclosure "Whistleblowing" Policy Updated
1.5.3 Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers who have Contact with Children and Young People  
1.5.4 Escalation Policy  
1.5.5 Notifications of Serious Incidents / Need to Know Policy  
1.5.6 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated

2. Case Management and Recording

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

3. Children in Particular Circumstances


Prevention and Family Support

3.1.1 Children in Need Procedures  
3.1.2 Section 17 Payments  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  



Children from Abroad

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




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 Updated
3.4.2 Joint Protocol for Young People Between 16-21 in Housing Need  



Family and Friends Care

3.5.1 Swindon Borough Council Family and Friends Policy  
  See also: Swindon friends and Family Care Guide  
3.5.2 Private Fostering  



Young Carers

3.6.1 Young Carers Updated



Relinquished Children

3.7.1 Relinquished Children  



Missing Children

3.8.1 Missing Children  

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  
4.7 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

5. Child Protection

5.1 Child Protection  
5.2 Child Protection Plans - Lead Social Worker Role and Responsibilities  
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)  
5.8 Safeguarding Children to Safeguarding Adults Transition Protocol  
5.9 Child Sexual Exploitation Updated

6. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

6.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
6.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children Updated
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 Updated
6.1.7 Placements in Residential Care Updated
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 Updated
6.1.13 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placing Providers  
6.1.15 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.1.16 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  



Monitoring and Reviews

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



Contact and Overnight Stays

6.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults 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 In and Outside the UK Updated
6.4.3 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  



Health and Wellbeing

6.5.1 Health Assessments and Health Care Plans Updated
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  



Change of Name and Marriage

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 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
6.7.2 Care Leavers Financial Entitlement - to follow  
6.7.3 Staying Put Updated
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  



Youth Offending

  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
6.8.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated
6.8.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody Updated
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  

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 Updated
7.1.5 Exemptions and Variations of Approval Updated
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  
7.1.10 Dangerous Pets Policy  
7.1.11 Foster Carers Possessing Guns and Weapons  
7.1.12 Children in Foster Care - Delegated Authority Policy  
7.1.13 Overpayment of Fostering Allowances and Fees Policy  
7.1.14 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol  



Adoption and Permanence

7.2.1 Adopt Thames Valley - Statement of Purpose  
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  
7.2.5 Adoption Support Updated
7.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements Updated
7.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
7.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective AdoptersĀ and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted Updated
7.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
7.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
7.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
7.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.2.14 Intermediary Services  
7.2.15 Life Story Work Policy and Procedure  
7.2.16 Later Life Letters  



Special Guardianship

7.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
7.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption / Special Guardianship Guidance  

8. Child Health Policies

  See: Resource Library  

9. Appendices

9.1 Local Contacts  
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 Services Social Media Policy  
9.7 Children Services Staff Induction Pack  
9.8 Amendments  

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