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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation Updated


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help Framework - under review  
1.2.2 Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support Updated
1.2.3 Capacity and Consent  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Local Protocol for Assessment - under review  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures  
1.3.5 Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams - under review  


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews Updated


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings - under review  
1.5.4 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 (DfE)  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.6.2 Whistleblowing - under review  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy Updated
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

 
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Direct Payments Updated
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 Updated


 

3.2

Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  


 

3.3

Children from Abroad

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


 

3.4

Homelessness

 
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  


 

3.5

Family and Friends Care

 
3.5.1 Family and Friends Care - under review  
3.5.2 Private Fostering - under review  


 

3.6

Young Carers

 
3.6.1 Young Carers Updated


 

3.7

Relinquished Children

 
3.7.1 Relinquished Children  


 

3.8

Mental Health

 
3.8.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 New


4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

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


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons Updated
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care - under review  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care - under review  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements - under review  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales - under review  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation - under review  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers - under review  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers - under review  
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

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


 

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 - under review  
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) - under review  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of 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 Updated
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring Updated
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention - under review  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

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


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put - under review  
4.8.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers - under review  
  See also: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board - Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services - under review  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody - under review  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
5.1.1 Fostering Panel - under review  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering - under review  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers - under review  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval - under review  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers - under review  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers - under review  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers - under review  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements - under review  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements - under review  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted - under review  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption Updated
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 - under review  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance - under review  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters - under review  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders - under review  
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance - under review  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts - to follow  
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children