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Islington Children's Social Care Procedures 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. Preventive and Supportive Services
  3. Looked After Services
  4. Adoption and Permanence
  5. Staffing, Supervision and Development
  6. Appendices

1. All Children


Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles (Values)  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.3 Islington's Pledges to Looked After Children, Young People and Care Leavers  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  



Referrals, Assessments and Planning

1.2.1 CAF Thresholds  
1.2.2 CAF Matrix  
1.2.3 Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support (Islington SCB)  
1.2.4 Islington Local Assessment Protocol  
1.2.5 Children's Services Contact Team  
1.2.6 Assessment Procedure - under review  
1.2.7 Pre-Birth Assessments  
1.2.8 Guidance on Referral and Assessment of Siblings  
1.2.9 Guidance on Writing a Chronology  
1.2.10 Care Planning - Children in Need - under review  
1.2.11 Domestic Violence Risk Indicator Matrix  
1.2.12 Procedure for Working with Children on Supervision Orders  
1.2.13 Strategy Discussions and Meetings  
1.2.14 Section 47 Single and Joint Agency Investigations  
1.2.15 Capacity and Consent Updated



Emergency Duty Team/Service

1.3.1 Guidance on Social Work Practice Outside Normal Working Hours - The Emergency Duty Team  
1.3.2 Interface Protocol Between Day Services and the Emergency Duty Team (EDT)  
1.3.3 Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Transfer Guidance  
1.3.4 Need to Know Principles for EDT Social Workers  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Legal Gateway/ Planning Meeting New
1.4.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline - under review  
1.4.4 CAFCASS Protocol for Allocating Responsibilities  
1.4.5 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings (October 2013)  
  See also: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
1.4.6 Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS)  



Safeguarding Children

1.5.1 Safeguarding Children at Risk of Significant Harm  
1.5.2 The Formation of Detailed Child Protection Plans/Written Agreements from Outline Child Protection Plans  
1.5.3 Guidance on Ending Child Protection Plans for Children who become Looked After Updated
1.5.4 Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care  
1.5.5 Activities  
1.5.6 Transporting Children  
1.5.7 Notification of Children living Away From Home (Section 85 of Children Act 1989)  
1.5.8 Children not Receiving a Suitable Education: Policy and Procedures  
1.5.9 Safeguarding Adults Partnership  
1.5.10 Cross Border Child Protection Cases Under the Hague Convention  
1.5.11 Child Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.12 Gangs Safeguarding Protocol and Guidance  
1.5.13 Safeguarding Children who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviours  
1.5.14 Safeguarding Children Abused Through Domestic Violence  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Comments and Complaints Updated
1.6.2 Whistleblowing Procedure  
  Whistleblowing about Children’s Social Care Services to Ofsted  



Allocation of Work

1.7.1 Management of Case Transfers in Children's Social Care  
1.7.2 Case Transfer Flowchart from CLA Social Work Teams  



Children's Records

1.8.1 Access to Records  
1.8.2 Case Records and Retention  
1.8.3 ICS Guides  
1.8.4 Children and Families Hospital Social Workers  
1.8.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
1.8.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated
1.8.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  

2. Preventive and Supportive Services

2.1 Child in Need Planning and Review Meetings  
2.2 Step Down Procedure  



Private Fostering

2.3.1 Private Fostering Arrangements  
2.3.2 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  

2.4 Children and Families with No Recourse to Public Funds - under review  
  Also see: EEA Nationals with No Recourse to Public Funds  
2.5 Children With Disabilities  
2.6 Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - under review Updated


Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
2.8 Short Breaks Updated
2.9 Family Group Conferencing  
2.10 Looked After Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children  



Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds

2.11.1 Protocol with Housing  
2.11.2 Assessments of Homeless 16/17 Year Olds - A Practice Guide  

2.12 Joint Supervision Protocol Between Camden Family Services and Social Work, Islington Targeted and Specialist Children and Families Services and Mental Health Services  
2.13 Islington Missing from Home and Care Procedures  
2.14 Resident Support Scheme - Fund Practice Guidance  
2.15 Housing Needs and Non-Physically Disabled Children  
2.16 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 - under review  



Young Carers

2.17.1 Young Carers  



Relinquished Children

2.18.1 Relinquished Children - under review  

3. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

3.1.1 Becoming Looked After  
3.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
3.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
3.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
3.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
3.1.6 The Sufficiency Duty in Relation to Accommodation for Children  
3.1.7 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: What Decisions Can My Carers Make - Leaflet for Children and Young People  
3.1.8 Permanence Planning Protocol  
3.1.9 Protocol for High Risk Children Looked After or Becoming Looked after who are Placed with Parents Whilst awaiting Foster Care or Residential Placements  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  




3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
3.2.2 Placement with Connected Persons  
3.2.3 Placements in Residential Care Updated
3.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds - under review  
3.2.5 Placements with Parents Updated
3.2.6 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
3.2.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation - under review  
3.2.8 Out of Area Placements Updated
3.2.9 Placements in Other Arrangements New



Monitoring Placements

3.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
3.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
3.3.3 Notification of Significant Events Updated
3.3.4 Dispute Resolution Process  




3.4.1 Looked After Reviews  
3.4.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews (SAR)  



Contact with Family and Friends

3.5.1 Islington Contact Service  
3.5.2 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings  
3.5.3 Social Visits (including Overnight Stays)  
3.5.4 Guidance for Life Story Work  
3.5.5 Guidance for Later Life Letters  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

3.6.1 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Looked-after Children and Previously Looked-after Children Updated
3.6.2 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips in the UK  
3.6.3 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips Outside the UK  
3.6.4 Leisure and Activities  



Health and Wellbeing

3.7.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans  
3.7.2 Drugs and Substance Misuse (Including Smoking)  
3.7.3 Administration of Medication  
3.7.4 GPs, Dentists and Opticians  
3.7.5 Sexual Health  
3.7.6 Self Harming  
3.7.7 BAAF Practice Note No 53 - Guidelines for the Testing of Looked After Children who are at risk of a Blood-Borne Infection  



Privacy and Personal Care

3.8.1 Children's Bedrooms  
3.8.2 Hair and Skin Care  
3.8.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.8.4 Touch Guidance  



Behaviour Management

3.9.1 Sanctions  
3.9.2 Physical Intervention - under review  
3.9.3 Countering Bullying  




3.10.1 Contacting the Police  
3.10.2 Searching Children and Their Belongings  
3.10.3 Incidents Guidance  



Foster Carers Service

3.11.1 Fostering Statement of Purpose  
3.11.2 Fostering Service Duty  
3.11.3 Fostering Panel  
3.11.4 Assessment, Approval and Review of Foster Carers  
3.11.5 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
3.11.6 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
3.11.7 Financial Support in Caring for Children  
3.11.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers - under review  
3.11.9 Procedure for Approving Long-Term Fostering Matches and S20 Cases  
3.11.10 Fostering Service Recruitment Strategy  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

3.12.1 Care Leavers Charter  
3.12.2 Independent Futures (Leaving Care) - to follow  
3.12.3 Registration for National Insurance  
3.12.4 Children Looked After: Social Worker Leaving Care, Personal Adviser Roles and Responsibilities Protocol - to follow  
3.12.5 Staying Put  




3.13.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
3.13.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
3.13.3 Savings  
  Savings Protocol (Children Looked After)  
  Young Person Savings Policy – A Quick Guide for Independent Reviewing Officers and Social Workers  
3.13.4 Computers and Internet Safety  
3.13.5 Islington Missing from Home and Care Procedures  
3.13.6 Computers for Looked After Children and Care Leavers  

4. Adoption and Permanence


Adoption and Permanence

4.1.1 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
4.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters (Adoption North London) - under review  
4.1.3a Placement for Adoption - Parental Consent - under review  
4.1.3b Placement for Adoption - No Parental Consent/Court Proceedings  
4.1.4 Adoption Support  
4.1.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.6 Adoption Reviews  
4.1.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters  
4.1.9 Inter-Country Adoption  
4.1.10 Non-Agency Adoption  
4.1.11 Adoption Case Records - under review  
4.1.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records - under review  
4.1.13 Intermediary Services  
4.1.14 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.15 Adoption Recruitment Strategy  



Other Permanence Options

4.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  




4.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
4.3.2 Life Story Books Guidance  
4.3.3 Later Life Letters  

5. Staffing, Supervision and Development

5.1 Case Management Supervision Policy for Children in Need (CIN), Children who are Looked After (CLA) and Independent Futures (IF)  
5.2 Case Management Supervision Policy for Youth Offending Services  
5.3 Case Management Supervision Policy for Early Help Services  
5.4 Assessed and Supported Year in Employment Programme (ASYE) - Guidance for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and Assessors  
5.5 Motivational Social Work (MSW)  

6. Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts Updated
6.2 Designated Managers  
6.3 Achieving Placement Stability  
6.4 Joint Protocol Between Children's Social Care, Targeted Youth Support - Youth Offending Service  
6.5 Local Protocol for supporting children and young people with SEND in Youth Custody  
6.6 Social Care Service Educational Handbook  
6.7 Children's Social Care Paternal Pledge  
6.8 Joint Supervision Protocol Between Camden Family Services and Social Work, Islington Targeted and Specialist Children and Families Services and Mental Health Services  
6.9 Joint Protocol between Adult Mental Health and Children's Services  
6.10 Inter-agency Protocol for Working with Children and Families affected by Parental Substance Misuse  
6.11 Joint Agency Panel Policy and Procedure - under review  
6.12 Amendments