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Leeds Children's Social Work Services - Contents

June 2017

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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each Part contains relevant Chapters/Procedures (click on the title to jump to the Part you require):

  1. All Children
  2. Preventive and Supportive Services
  3. Looked After Services
  4. Adoption and Permanence
  5. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policies, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Equality and Diversity Policy  
1.1.3 Quality Assurance Framework  
1.1.4 Case File Audit Framework  
1.1.5 Staff Supervision: Policy, Procedure and Guidance  
1.1.6 Kinship Care Family and Friends Care Policy - under review  
1.1.7 Young Carers  
1.1.8 Trans Guidance for all Schools and Colleges and Children and Families' Services (Draft, March 2017) New

   

1.2

Referrals, Assessments and Planning

 
1.2.1 Right Conversations, Right People, Right Time -  Early help and our approach to responding to the needs of children and families in Leeds (Leeds LSCB)  
1.2.2 Service Responses to Levels of Vulnerability and Risk of Harm  
1.2.3 Guidance on the interface between Children’s Services Front Door and Early Help activity (including Early Help Assessment EHA)  
1.2.4 Transfer to Children’s Social Work Service from Early Help  
1.2.5 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.6 Leeds Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Violence and Abuse – School Notifications  
1.2.7 Assessments Guidance  
1.2.8 Practitioner Assessment Resource Pack  
1.2.9 Protocol between Child Health and Disability Teams (CHAD) and the Locality Teams  
1.2.10 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.2.11 Care Plans Guidance  
1.2.12 Person Posing a Risk to Children Assessment  

   

1.3

Court Proceedings

 
1.3.1 Court Orders  
1.3.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline (PLO) Updated
1.3.3 Court Practice: Expectations of Legal and Social Work Staff  

   

1.4

Safeguarding Children

 
1.4.1 Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care  
1.4.2 Activities  
1.4.3 Transporting Children  
1.4.4 Guidelines for the Assessment of Parental Substance Misuse  
1.4.5 Guidelines for the Recognition and Assessment of Neglect  
1.4.6 Assessment of Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Children and Young People  
1.4.7 Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who are Homeless or Threatened with Homelessness  
1.4.8 Working with Uncooperative and Hard to Engage Families  
1.4.9 Multi-Agency Bruising Protocol for Children Not Independently Mobile (for Front-line Practitioners) (Leeds LSCB) (Updated for 2016)  
1.4.10 Arranging Forensic Medical Examination  
1.4.11 Child Sexual Exploitation  
1.4.12 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
1.4.13 Female Genital Mutilation  
1.4.14 Good Practice Guidance on Working with Parents with a Learning Disability  
1.4.15 Written Agreements with Families - Guidance for Practitioners  
1.4.16 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children
(West Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board Consortium Procedures Manual)
 
1.4.17 Children who are Missing, Absent or Away from their Placement without Authorisation  
1.4.18 Concerns Resolution Process (Leeds LSCB)  
1.4.19 General Practitioner  (GP) Attendance at Child Protection Conferences (Leeds LSCB)  
1.4.20 Child Protection: Consultation with Children Toolkit  
1.4.21 Child Protection Resolution Process  
1.4.22 Physical Punishment – A Resource for Practitioners (Leeds LSCB)  
1.4.23 Guidance for Families who are Relocating Due to Risk (Leeds LSCB)  

   

1.5

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.5.1 Complaints  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing and Raising Concerns at Work  

   

1.6

Children's Records

 
1.6.1 Access to Records  
1.6.2 Case Records and Retention  
1.6.3 Procedure for Taking Personal Data and Sensitive Personal Information Off Site  
1.6.4 Guidance for Sending Correspondence by Post, Email and Fax  
1.6.5 Procedure for the Safe Storage of Filing Cabinet Keys  

   

1.7

Best Practice with Technology

 
1.7.1 Online Safety (E-Safety)  
1.7.2 Social Networking Information for Foster Carers, Social Workers, Staff Working in Residential Care and Prospective Adopters  


2. Preventive and Supportive Services

2.1 Child in Need Meetings  
2.2 Private Fostering Updated
2.3 Criminal Injuries Compensation  
2.4 Family Placement Service - Short Breaks for Disabled Children  
2.5 Children Accessing Short Breaks  
2.6 Support Care Scheme Procedures  
2.7 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
2.8 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
2.9 Direct Payments  
2.10 Budget Policy for Children in Need and Children Looked After  
2.11 Protocol for Families in Housing Need  
2.12 Family Group Conference Service  
2.13 Financial Assistance in Relation to Child Arrangements Orders  
2.14 Leeds SEND Strategy 2014- 2017  
2.15 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
2.16 Access and Inclusion Policy for Disabled Children  


3. Looked After Services

3.1

Planning for Children Looked After

 
3.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
3.1.2 Permanence Policy and Guidance  
3.1.3 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
3.1.4 Permanence Options Grid  
3.1.5 Case Transfer Protocol  
3.1.6 Guidance on the Use of Section 20 Agreements  
3.1.7 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
3.1.8 Delegated Authority Policy for Carers  
3.1.9 Foster Carer's Delegated Authority Decision Support Tool  
3.1.10 Digital Family Agreement  
3.1.11 Young Person’s Digital Use Agreement  
3.1.12 Digital Risk Assessment  
3.1.13 Digital Policies, Procedures and Guidelines: A Foster Carer’s Checklist  
3.1.14 Reunification Guidance  

   

3.2

Placements

 
3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
3.2.2 Placements with Family and Friends (Regulation 24 Placements) - under review  
3.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
3.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds on Welfare Grounds Updated
3.2.5 Placements with Parents Updated
3.2.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
3.2.8 Notification by other Local Authorities/ Placement Providers of Children Looked After Placed in Leeds  
3.2.9 Notifications to Other Authorities of Children Placed Out of Leeds  
3.2.10 Notification of Significant Events  
3.2.11 Guidance for Working with Remanded Children Looked After  
3.2.12 Remanded Children Looked After Process  
3.2.13 Young Person is no Longer Remanded - Exit Process  
3.2.14 Placement in Supported Lodgings - Leeds City Council Fostering Department  

   

3.3

Monitoring Placements

 
3.3.1 Social Worker Visits  
3.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  

   

3.4

Reviews

 
3.4.1 Looked After Reviews Updated
3.4.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
3.4.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated

   

3.5

Contact with Family and Friends

 
3.5.1 Contact / Family Time with Parents, Siblings and other Significant Family and Friends  
3.5.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated

   

3.6

Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

 
3.6.1 Education of Children Looked After  
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  

   

3.7

Health and Wellbeing

 
3.7.1 Health Needs Assessments and Individual Health Care Plans  
3.7.2 Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  
3.7.3 Drugs and Substance Use (Including Smoking)  
3.7.4 Medication Policy for Children who use Residential Services  
3.7.5 Summary Medication Policy for Foster Carers  
3.7.6 Medical Treatment and Medical Policy for Children Looked After in Foster Care  
3.7.7 GPs, Dentists and Opticians  
3.7.8 Sexual Health  
3.7.9 Self Harm and Suicide  
3.7.10 BAAF Practice Note No 53 - Guidelines for the Testing of Looked After Children who are at risk of a Blood-Borne Infection  
3.7.11 Support to Young People Accessing Drug Information and Support  
3.7.12 Family Placement Service Medication Policy for Children using the Short Breaks Service  
3.7.13 HIV  

   

3.8

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 Intimate Care In Foster Placements  
3.8.5 Intimate Care Policy (Leeds Local Safeguarding Children Board)  
3.8.6 Touch Guidance  

   

3.9

Behaviour Management

 
3.9.1 Behaviour Support  
3.9.2 West Yorkshire Consortium Procedures, Bullying Procedure  
3.9.3 Role of Appropriate Adult Guidance  

   

3.10

Incidents

 
3.10.1 Contacting the Police  
3.10.2 Searching Children and their Belongings  
3.10.3 Incidents Guidance  
3.10.4 Hate Incident Reporting in Schools (HIRS), Academies and other Children’s Services settings in Leeds Guidance  
3.10.5 Hate Crime Strategy (2014-2019)  
3.10.6 Safeguarding Children and Young People from the threat of Violent Extremism  

   

3.11

Foster Carers

 
3.11.1 Fostering Service Statement of Purpose  
3.11.2 Fostering Policy  
3.11.3 Fostering Panel  
3.11.4 Assessment of Foster Carers  
3.11.5 Approval of Foster Carers  
3.11.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
3.11.7 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
3.11.8 Supervision of Foster Carers Updated
3.11.9 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
3.11.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
3.11.11 Training and Support for Foster Carers  
3.11.12 Fostering and Adoption Whistleblowing Procedure  
3.11.13 Child and Parent Assessment Placement  
3.11.14 Policy for the Movement of Registered Foster Carers Between Agencies  
3.11.15 Dogs and Pets Policy and Guidance Updated
3.11.16 Safe Care Plan  
3.11.17 Financial Support to Foster Carers 2017/2018  
 

Additional Procedures for Foster Carers and Foster Carer Handbook

 
  Click here to see the Additional Procedures for Foster Carers and Foster Carer Handbook  
 

Foster Care Resources and Forms Library

 
  Click here to see the Foster Care Resources and Forms Library  

   

3.12

Youth Offending

 
3.12.1 Children Looked After in Contact with the Youth Justice System  
3.12.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Children Looked After in Custody  

   

3.13

Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

 
  Leaving Care Charter  
3.13.1 Leaving Care Updated
3.13.2 Registration for National Insurance  
3.13.3 Children and Young People Social Care and Adult Social Care Transitions Procedure  
3.13.4 Assessing Housing Need: Care Leavers  
3.13.5 Staying Put Policy  
3.13.6 Leaving Care Financial Policy (16 and 17 years)  
3.13.7 Leaving Care Financial Policy (18 - 21/25)  
3.13.8 Mother and Baby Assessment Placements (Finance)  
3.13.9 Lettings Procedure for Care Leavers  
3.13.10 Disabled Children and Young People Aged 14 to 21/24 Placed in Foster Care and Making the Transition to an Adult Service (Including Financial Guidance)  
3.13.11 Transition Pathway for Disabled Young People  
  See also: Placement in Supported Lodgings - Leeds City Council Fostering Department  

   

3.14

Miscellaneous

 
3.14.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
3.14.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After  
3.14.3 Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Children Looked After  

   

3.15

Reducing Children Looked After Offending through Preventive and Diversionary Work

 
3.15.1 The Prevention Services Procedure  


4. Adoption and Permanence

4.1

Adoption

 
  West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency – Introductory Briefing  
4.1.1 Statement of Purpose - Adoption  
4.1.2 Adoption Panel  
4.1.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
4.1.4 Foster Carer Adoption Procedure  
4.1.5 Placement for Adoption  
4.1.6 Adoption Support  
4.1.7 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.8 Adoption Reviews  
4.1.9 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.10 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters  
4.1.11 Inter-Country Adoption - under review Updated
4.1.12 Non-Agency Adoption  
4.1.13 Adoption Case Records (Children)  
4.1.14 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
4.1.15 Intermediary Services  
4.1.16 Working with Birth Parent-Relinquished Baby Procedure  
4.1.17 Family Finding Role and Procedure  
4.1.18 Procedure for Life Appreciation Days  
4.1.19 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.20 Later Life Letters  

   

4.2

Other Permanence Options

 
4.2.1 Special Guardianship Orders - under review  

   

4.3

Guidance

 
4.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship - under review  
4.3.2 Life Story Books Guidance  
4.3.3 Adoption of Children Looked After  
4.3.4 Financial Support in Adoption - Guidance for Adoptive Parents  
4.3.5 Financial Support in Adoption - Guidance for Social Workers  
4.3.6 Adoption Initial Visits Guidance  
4.3.7 Guidance on all References in Adoption  
4.3.8 Adoption Health and Safety Guidance  
4.3.9 Guidance to Requirements of Annex B Report  
4.3.10 Progression to Special Guardianship - Process Guidance for Social Workers and Supervising Social Workers - under review  
4.3.11 Early Permanence Placements - Project Resource Pack - under review  


5. Appendices

5.1 Local Contacts  
5.2 Children’s Services Delegated Authorities  
5.3 Family Tree Template  
5.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
5.5 Local Keywords  
5.6 Practice Standards Manual for Children's Social Work Service  
5.7 Practice Standards Manual Appendices  
  Standards and Code of Practice Table  
  Statutory Visits Guidance Table  
  Child in Need Meetings Guidance Table  
  Core Groups Guidance Table  
5.8 Early Help Practitioners Guidance (Leeds LSCB)  
5.9 Amendments  

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