Children's Specialist Services Division

Wandsworth Proceduresfor Children in Need of Help and Protection, Children Looked After and Care Leavers

National Procedures

1. Safeguarding Children

1.1

Contact and Referral

1.1.1 Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership - Thresholds for Intervention  
1.1.2 Contacts and Referrals  
1.1.3 Strategy Meetings (Local Practice)  
1.1.4 Using Social Media for Investigations in Children's Social Care (Local Practice)  


 

1.2

Assessing Children's Needs

 
1.2.1 Assessments Updated
1.2.2 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: London Child Protection Procedures  
1.2.3 Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989 New
1.2.4 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  
1.2.5 Private Fostering  
1.2.6 Young Carers  
1.2.7 Family and Friends Care  
  See also: Looking after someone else's child (GOV.UK)  
1.2.8 Relinquished Children  
1.2.9 Wandsworth Safeguarding Children and Young People Missing Children Protocol  


 

1.3

Children from Abroad

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


 

1.4

Child in Need of Help or Protection

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
1.4.2 London Child Protection Procedures  


 

1.5

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
1.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
1.5.2 Mental Capacity  


 

1.6

Legal Proceedings

 
1.6.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.6.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.6.3 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
1.6.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers (July 2014)  

2. Children Looked After and Care Leavers

2.1

Decision Making and Care Planning

2.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children Looked After  
2.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
2.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
2.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
2.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
2.1.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After  


 

2.2

Placements

 
2.2.1 Placements with Parents  
2.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
2.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
2.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
2.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
2.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
2.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
2.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
2.2.9 Notifications of Significant Events Updated
2.2.10 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
2.2.11 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

2.3

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
2.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  


 

2.4

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
2.4.1 Education of Children Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
2.4.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  


 

2.5

Health and Wellbeing

 
2.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
2.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
2.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
2.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  


 

2.6

Change of Name and Marriage

 
2.6.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
2.6.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After  


 

2.7

Leaving Care and Transition

 
2.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
2.7.2 Staying Put  
2.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers (Local Practice)  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After and Young People in Custody  


 

2.8

Youth Offending

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

3. Monitoring and Reviewing the Child's Plan

3.1

Social Work Visits

 
3.1.1 Social Worker Visits (Local Practice)  
3.1.2 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After  


 

3.2

Core Groups and Child in Need Plan Review Meetings

 
3.2.1 Core Group Meetings and Child in Need Review Meetings (Local Practice)  


 

3.3

Child Protection Conferences

 
3.3.1 Child Protection Conferences (Local Practice)  


 

3.4

Children Looked After Reviews

 
3.4.1 Looked After Reviews  
3.4.2 Looked After Reviews Practice (Local Practice)  
3.4.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
3.4.5 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  


 

3.5

Secure Accommodation Reviews

 
3.5.1 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  

4. Fostering, Adoption and Permanence

4.1

Fostering Services

4.1.1 Fostering and Permanence Panel  
4.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
4.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
4.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
4.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
4.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
4.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

4.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
4.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
4.2.2 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
4.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
4.2.4 Adoption Support  
4.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
4.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
4.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
4.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
4.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
4.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
4.2.13 Intermediary Services  
4.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
4.2.15 Later Life Letters (Local Practice)  
4.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

4.3

Special Guardianship

 
4.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
4.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

5. Children with Disabilities

5.1

Children with Disabilities

5.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
5.1.2 Direct Payments  
5.1.3 Short Breaks  
5.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

6. Managing Practice & Quality Assurance

6.1

Recording Policy

 
6.1.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines Updated
6.1.2 Records Management  
6.1.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
6.1.4 Confidentiality Policy  
6.1.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  


 

6.2

Notifications

 
6.2.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  
6.2.2 Senior Management Need to Know (Local Practice)  
6.2.3 Notifications of Significant Events  


 

6.3

Supervision

 
6.3.1 Supervision Policy (Local Practice)  
6.3.2 Management Oversight (Local Practice)  


 

6.4

Quality Assurance

 
6.4.1 Quality Assurance Framework  


 

6.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
6.5.1 Complaints and Representations  
6.5.2 Whistleblowing (Local Practice)  

7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

7.1 Local Contacts (Local Practice)  
7.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
7.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.4 Amendments