National Procedures


Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

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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. Early Help
  2. Safeguarding Children
  3. Supporting Disabled Children
  4. Children Looked After and Care Leavers
  5. Fostering, Adoption and Permanence
  6. Case Management and Recording
  7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

1. Early Help

1.1 Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership - Thresholds for Intervention


2. Safeguarding Children

2.1

Contact and Referral

2.1.1 Contacts and Referrals  
2.1.2 Capacity and Consent  
2.1.3 Children Missing from Home and Care Policy and Protocol (Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership)
2.1.4 Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers who Work with Children  


2.2

Assessing Children's Needs

2.2.1 Assessments  
2.2.2 Pre-Birth Assessments and Pre-Birth Conferences (Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership)
2.2.3 Neglect Strategy (Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership)
2.2.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)
See also: London Safeguarding Children Procedures
2.2.5 Financial Assistance Section 17 (s17) Children Act 1989
2.2.6 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
2.2.7 Private Fostering
2.2.8 Young Carers
See also: Looking after someone else's child (GOV.UK)
2.2.9 Relinquished Children  


2.3

Children from Abroad

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


2.4

Child in Need of Help or Protection

2.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
2.4.2 Multi Agency Risk Vulnerability Exploitation Protocol
2.4.3 Children Missing from Home and Care Policy and Protocol (Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Partnership)
See also: London Safeguarding Children Procedures


2.5

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

2.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty
2.5.2 Mental Capacity


2.6

Mental Health

2.6.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated


2.7

Legal Proceedings

2.7.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders
2.7.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
2.7.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings Updated
2.7.4 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: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention
and Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS)


3. Supporting Disabled Children

3.1

Supporting Disabled Children

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 Updated
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
  See also: Wandsworth's Eligibility Criteria for Disabled Children


4. Children Looked After and Care Leavers

4.1

Decision Making and Care Planning

4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children Looked After
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance
See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters
4.1.5 Wandsworth Family and Friends Care Policy  
4.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People


4.2

Placements

4.2.1 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons under Regulation 24
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care Updated
4.2.4 Children Looked After 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 Notification of Significant Events When Child Looked After Placement is Independent Fostering Agency or Children's Home
4.2.11 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers
4.2.12 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
See also: Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services

4.3

Monitoring and Review

4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After
4.3.2 Looked After Reviews
4.3.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers
4.3.4 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews


4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

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


4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers
4.5.1 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Children Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK


4.6

Health and Wellbeing

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


4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

4.7.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After
4.7.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After


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 (Resources)
See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After and Young People in Custody


4.9

Youth Offending

See also: Youth Justice Board Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System and Case Management Guidelines
4.9.1 Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services
4.9.2 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
and: YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England - This Protocol is designed to support the planned and safe movement of young people from youth offending teams (YOTs) to the Probation Service when they turn 18.


5. Fostering, Adoption and Permanence

5.1

Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering and Permanence Panel
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 Against Foster Carers
See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters


5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

Please note: Wandsworth has joined with a number of other London Boroughs to form Adopt London South with the aim of quicker matching for children and improved support for adoptive parents across the region. As part of joining Adoption London South, Wandsworth's policy and procedures relating to some adoption chapters will be updated in accordance with Adopt London South's new guidance.
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters
5.2.2 Adoption and Permanence 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 Life Story Books Guidance
5.2.15 Later Life Letters
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere


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. Case Management and Recording

6.1

Recording Policy

6.1.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines
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 Updated
6.1.6 Accessing Service User Social Media Sites Updated
6.1.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices


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 (Resources)
6.2.3 Notification of Significant Events When Child Looked After Placement is Independent Fostering Agency or Children's Home


6.3

Supervision

6.3.1 Supervision Policy (Resources)
6.3.2 Management Oversight (Resources)


6.4

Quality Assurance

6.4.1 Quality Assurance Framework


6.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

6.5.1 Complaints and Representations  


7. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

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