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Torbay Children's Services Policy Manual: Contents

November 2018

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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 Need Services
  4. Children Looked After
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Key Information
  7. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.5 Family and Friends Care Updated
1.1.6 Historical Abuse Policy  



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Targeted Help  
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Operational Procedures  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Single Assessment  
1.3.2 Family Group Conferencing  
1.3.3 Case Transfer Protocol  
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989 (Torbay Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Threshold Meetings  
1.4.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need) Updated

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines - under review  
2.2 Case Records for Children Looked After Updated
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests New
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated

3. Children In Need Services


Children In Need

3.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.1.2 Young Carers  



Children with Disabilities

3.2.1 Children with Disabilities Eligibility Criteria  
3.2.2 Direct Payments  
3.2.3 Short Breaks  
3.2.4 Fair Access to Carer’s Breaks Services for Parents and Carers of Children with Special Needs  
3.2.5 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  



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  



Relinquished Children

3.4.1 Relinquished Children Updated



Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

3.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
3.5.2 Mental Capacity Act  

4. Children Looked After


Decision to Look After 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  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Placements in Foster Care  
4.1.7 Placements in Residential Care  
4.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.1.11 Placements with Parents  
4.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.1.13 Out of Area Placements - under review  
4.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
4.1.15 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.1.16 Transport Policy for Looked After Children  
4.1.17 Looked After Children Who have their Own Funds  
4.1.18 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  



Monitoring and Reviews

4.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After Updated
4.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.2.3 Children Looked After and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
4.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

4.3.1 Contact with Parents, Adults and Siblings  
4.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

4.4.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
4.4.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
4.4.3 Education of Children Looked After  



Health and Wellbeing

4.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
4.5.5 Practice Guidance for Children/Young People Missing from Home/Care and Education in Torbay  




4.6.1 Change of Name of a Child Looked After  
4.6.2 Marriage of a Child Looked After  



Leaving Care and Transition

4.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
4.7.2 Staying Put  
4.7.3 Responsibility of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

5. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Pet Assessments  
5.1.5 Smoking Policy  
5.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.7 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.1.10 Private Fostering  
5.1.11 Notification of Significant Events (Fostering)  
5.1.12 Safeguarding and Safe Caring Policy for Foster Carers  
5.1.13 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  



Adoption and Permanence

5.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel Updated
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 (including Partner)  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records Updated
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Application for Special Guardianship Orders  
5.2.15 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
5.2.16 Life Story Books  
5.2.17 Later Life Letters  

6. Key Information

6.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
6.2 Children’s Services Scheme of Delegation  
6.3 Section 17 Payments Potentially Eligible for Crisis Support  
6.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.5 Complaints and Representations  
6.6 Whistleblowing  

7. Appendices

7.1 Amendments