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Leeds Children's Social Work Services - Contents

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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. Children's Homes
  6. Appendices

1. All Children

Caption: contents list - part 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  
1.1.7 Kinship Care Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.8 Young Carers  
1.1.9 Guidance on Supporting Children and Young People who are Trans or who are questioning their Gender Identity for all Schools and Children and Families Services Settings  



Referrals, Assessments and Planning

1.2.1 Right Conversations, Right People, Right Time
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
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 Case Transfer Protocol  
1.2.12 Person Posing a Risk to Children Assessment  
1.2.13 Capacity and Consent  



Court Proceedings

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



Safeguarding Children

1.4.1 Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child (including Children Looked After)  
1.4.2 Activities  
1.4.3 Transporting Children  
1.4.4 Guidelines for the Assessment of Parental Substance Misuse  
1.4.5 Recognising, Assessing and Responding to Neglect
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership): Practitioner Guidance
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 Restoratively to Safeguard Children and Young People
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.4.9 Multi-Agency Protocol for Bruising in Non-independently Mobile Children (2018)
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
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 (FGM)  
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 Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures)
1.4.17 Children who are Missing or Away from their Placement without Authorisation  
1.4.18 Professional Concerns Resolution Process
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.4.19 General Practitioner (GP) Attendance at Child Protection Conferences
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.4.20 Child Protection: Consultation with Children Toolkit  
1.4.21 Child Protection Resolution Process  
1.4.22 Guidance for Families who are Relocating Due to Risk
(Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.4.23 Safeguarding Children Returning to the UK from Syria  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

1.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
1.5.2 Mental Capacity  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing and Raising Concerns at Work  



Children's Records

1.7.1 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
1.7.2 Case Records and Retention  
1.7.3 Procedure for Taking Personal Data and Sensitive Personal Information Off Site  
1.7.4 Guidance for Sending Correspondence by Post, E-mail and Fax  
1.7.5 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
1.7.6 Procedure for the Safe Storage of Filing Cabinet Keys  



Best Practice with Technology

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

2. Preventive and Supportive Services

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2.1 Child in Need Meetings  
2.2 Private Fostering  
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 Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
2.8 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
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 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
2.15 Access and Inclusion Policy for Disabled Children  
2.16 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

3. Looked After Services

Caption: contents list - part 3


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 Care Plans Guidance  
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  




3.2.1 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 Updated
3.2.5 Placements with Parents  
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  



Monitoring Placements

3.3.1 Social Worker Visits Updated
3.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  




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



Contact / Family Time

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



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  



Health and Wellbeing

3.7.1 Health Needs Assessments and Individual Health Plans  
3.7.2 Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  
3.7.3 Drugs and Substance Use (Including Smoking)  
3.7.4 Medication Policy
(Leeds Children's Homes Procedures)
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 CoramBAAF 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  



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 Safeguarding Children Partnership)
3.8.6 Touch Guidance  



Behaviour Management

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




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 Safeguarding Children and Young People from the threat of Violent Extremism  



Foster Carers

3.11.1 Fostering Service Statement of Purpose (2019)  
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  
3.11.9 Foster Carer Reviews and Changes to 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  
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  



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  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

  Care Leavers’ Charter  
3.13.1 Leaving Care  
3.13.2 Registration for National Insurance Number  
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 Care Leaver’s Housing Protocol  
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  




3.14.1 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  



Reducing Children Looked After Offending through Preventive and Diversionary Work

3.15.1 The Prevention Services Procedure  

4. Adoption and Permanence

Caption: contents list - part 4



4.1.1 Adoption Panel (One Adoption)  
4.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters (One Adoption)  
4.1.3 Foster Carer Adoption Procedure  
4.1.4 The Child's Journey - Placement for Adoption (One Adoption)  
4.1.5 Adoption Support  
4.1.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.7 Adoption Reviews  
4.1.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placement (One Adoption)  
4.1.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters (One Adoption)  
4.1.10 Inter County Adoption (One Adoption)  
4.1.11 Non-Agency Adoption  
4.1.12 Adoption Case Records (Children)  
4.1.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records (One Adoption)  
4.1.14 Intermediary Services (One Adoption)  
4.1.15 Working with Birth Parent Relinquished Baby (One Adoption)  
4.1.16 Family Finding Role and Procedure (One Adoption)  
4.1.17 Procedure for Life Appreciation Day (One Adoption)  
4.1.18 Early Permanence Placements (One Adoption)  
4.1.19 Later Life Letters (One Adoption)  



Other Permanence Options

4.2.1 Special Guardianship Orders - under review  




4.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship - under review  
4.3.2 Life Story Books Guidance (One Adoption)  
4.3.3 Adoption of Children Looked After  
4.3.4 Financial Support in Adoption - Guidance for Social Workers (One Adoption)  
4.3.5 Adoption Initial Visits Guidance (One Adoption)  
4.3.6 Guidance on References in Adoption (One Adoption)  
4.3.7 Adoption Health and Safety Guidance  
4.3.8 Progression to Special Guardianship - Process Guidance for Social Workers and Supervising Social Workers - under review  

5. Children's Homes

Please click here to access the Leeds Childrens’ Homes Procedures.

6. Appendices

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6.1 Children’s Services Delegated Authorities  
6.2 Family Tree Template  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Local Keywords  
6.5 Practice Standards for Children's Social Work Service  
6.6 Practice Standards Appendices  
  Standards and Code of Practice Table  
  Statutory Visits Guidance Table  
  Child in Need Meetings Guidance Table  
  Core Groups Guidance Table  
6.7 Amendments