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Knowsley Children's Social Care Operational Procedures Manual - Contents

July 2017

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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. Child Protection
  3. Preventive and Support Services
  4. Specific Circumstances
  5. Services to Children Looked After
  6. Appendices

1. All Children


Introduction, Policy, Values and Principles

1.1.1 What We What to Achieve for Our Children and Families  
1.1.2 Knowsley Corporate Parenting Board - Terms of Reference New
1.1.3 Knowsley Information Sharing Charter  
1.1.4 Knowsley MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
1.1.5 Emergency Duty Team Practice Guidance Updated
1.1.6 Young Carers  
1.1.7 Case Summaries Guidance  
1.1.8 Police and Social Care Joint Working Protocol  
1.1.9 Protocol Between Knowsley Youth Offending Service and Knowsley Children's Social Care  
1.1.10 Joint Merseyside Protocol for the Provision of Local Authority Accommodation  
1.1.11 Children's Social Care Lone Working Policy  
1.1.12 Children's Safeguarding Services: Team SHIELD - Operational Procedures - under review  



Assessment and Planning

1.2.1 Single Assessment Framework Updated
1.2.2 Pre-Birth Assessment New
1.2.3 Early Help Process Flowchart  
1.2.4 Family Group Conference Policy Updated
1.2.5 Knowsley Safeguarding Board Step Up / Step Down Procedure
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
1.2.6 Transfer Policy Updated
1.2.7 Disclosure and Barring Service Check or Direct Police Check  
1.2.8 Standards for the Audit of Single Assessments and Child in Need Planning  
1.2.9 Knowsley Risk Management Toolkit  
1.2.10 Knowsley SCB Resilience and Vulnerability Tool  



Legal Framework

1.3.1 Protocol Between Independent Reviewing Officer and Children’s Guardians  
1.3.2 Legal Framework for Child Protection  
1.3.3 Pre Proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) Procedures and Practice Guidance  
1.3.4 Discharge of Care Orders (Accelerated Process)  
1.3.5 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
1.3.6 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
1.3.7 North West ADCS Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures  
1.3.8 Case Records and Retention New




1.4.1 Knowsley Joint Children and Adults Services: Social Worker’s Supervision Policy  
1.4.2 Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
1.4.3 Whistleblowing  

2. Child Protection

See Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures.

2.1 Practice Standards Updated
2.2 Strategy Discussion/ Meeting Protocol Updated
2.3 Child Protection Review Process Updated
2.4 Cancellation of Conferences and CLA Reviews Updated
2.5 Policy for Children’s Participation in the Child Protection Conference Process Updated
2.6 Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board: Children Who Run Away or Go Missing From Home or Care Strategy
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
2.7 Child Protection Conference Chairs Challenge Process Updated
2.8 North West ADCS Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures  
2.9 Guidance in Respect of the Use of Written Agreements within the Child Protection / Child in Need Processes  

3. Preventive and Support Services

3.1 Child in Need Planning and Review  
3.2 Children In Need moving across Local Authority Boundaries  
3.3 Children with Disabilities Referral Assessment and Planning  
3.4 Short Breaks  
3.5 Fullerton Eligibility Criteria  
3.6 Knowsley Complex Needs and Resource Panel  
3.7 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.8 North West ADCS Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures  



Young Persons Housing and Homeless Prevention

3.9.1 Young Persons Housing and Homeless Prevention Protocol for 16 and 17 yr olds Updated

4. Specific Circumstances

4.1 Domestic Violence and Abuse
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
4.2 Services to Parents with Disabilities (Substance Misuse, Physical, Learning Disabilities or Domestic Abuse) and their Children Updated
4.3 Safeguarding Children and Young People Affected by Gun and Gang Activity and Associated Serious Youth Violence  
4.4 Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the Hague Convention  
4.5 Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board: Child Sexual Exploitation - A Framework for Professionals Working with Children who Experience, or at Risk of, Sexual Exploitation
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
4.6 Use of Interpreters, Signers or Others with Communication Skills  
4.7 Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
4.8 Families with no Recourse to Public Funds  
4.9 Knowsley Neglect Strategy and Action Plan (2015-17)
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures)
4.10 Preventing Homelessness: Protocol between Knowsley Housing Trust, Family First and CSC  
4.11 Private Fostering  




4.12.1 Transporting Children  
4.12.2 Travel Assistance Policy (Children’s Social Care Users)  
4.12.3 Travel Support Policy  
4.12.4 Guidelines for Transporting Young People on Remand  
4.12.5 Guidance for Taxi/Transport Requests  

5. Services to Children Looked After


Planning for Children Looked After

5.1.1 Sufficiency Needs Assessment for Children Looked After  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Post Placement Arrangements  
5.1.3 Family and Friends Care Policy  
5.1.4 Contract Monitoring Process Updated
5.1.5 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.7 Permanency Policy and Care Planning Procedure Updated
5.1.8 Delegated Authority Updated
5.1.9 Agreement to Accommodate a Child  
5.1.10 Knowsley Multi-Agency Permanency Panel - Terms of Reference  
5.1.11 Joint Housing Protocol for Care Leavers New




5.2.1 Placements with Parents  
5.2.2 Placement with Connected Persons Updated
5.2.3 Placements in Children's Homes Updated
5.2.4 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
5.2.6 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.2.7 Placement Plans Updated




5.3.1 Child Looked After Reviews Updated
5.3.2 CLA Review Process Updated
5.3.3 IRO Dispute Resolution Guidance Notes for Practitioners  
5.3.4 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Review  
5.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers New
  See also Cancellation of Conferences and CLA Reviews  



Education of Children Looked After

5.4.1 Duty to Promote the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children  
5.4.2 Virtual School Procedure  
5.4.3 When a Child First becomes Looked After  
5.4.4 The Personal Education Plan (PEP) Updated
5.4.5 Reviewing and Updating the Personal Education Plan (PEP) Updated
5.4.6 Pupil Premium  
5.4.7 Avoidance of Disruption in Education  
5.4.8 When a Child Needs or Joins a New School  
5.4.9 When a Child has No School / Education Setting  
5.4.10 When a Child is Absent from School Updated
5.4.11 Concerns about Behaviour and School Exclusions Updated
5.4.12 Alternative and Independent Education Provision  
5.4.13 Training for those Involved in the Care and Education of Looked After Children  
5.4.14 Celebrating a Child's Achievements  
5.4.15 Information Sharing  
5.4.16 The Role of Designated Teachers and Schools  
5.4.17 Responsibilities of Social Workers Concerning the Promotion of Education  
5.4.18 Responsibilities of Carers Concerning the Promotion of Education  
5.4.19 Knowsley Early Years Service  



Health and Well-being

5.5.1 First Aid and Medication Updated
5.5.2 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.3 HIV and AIDS  
5.5.4 Death or Serious Injury of a Looked After Child  
5.5.5 Drugs and Substance Misuse Updated



Family Contacts, Visitors and Friends

5.6.1 Contact with Family and Friends Updated
5.6.2 Overnight Stays Away from the Placement or Other Staying Contact or Care Arrangements Updated



Foster Carers

5.7.1 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
5.7.2 Fostering Panel Updated
5.7.3 Limit on the Number of Children in Foster Homes  
5.7.4 Supervision of Foster Carers Updated
5.7.5 Knowsley Foster Carer Review Policy Updated
5.7.6 Allegations Against Foster Carers and or Prospective Adopters  
5.7.7 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.7.8 BAAF Guidance on Reducing the Risks of Environmental Tobacco Smoke for Looked After Children and their Carers  
5.7.9 Smoking Policy Updated
5.7.10 References and Checks Updated
5.7.11 Health and Safety Check for Knowsley Foster Carers  
5.7.12 Placement with Dog-owning Families who Wish to be Approved as Foster Carers  
5.7.13 Foster Carers Holiday Policy  
5.7.14 Foster Carers and Baby Sitting Updated
5.7.15 Foster Carers Record Keeping and Retention Policy Updated
5.7.16 Foster Carers who wish to Adopt a Child who they are Currently Fostering Updated
5.7.17 Fostering for Adoption and Concurrent Planning Placements in Knowsley Updated
5.7.18 For Safe and Proper Use of Internet and Computers for Children Looked After Updated
5.7.19 Safer Caring Guidelines for Foster Carers Updated
5.7.20 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol Updated



Adoption and Permanence

5.8.1 Adoption Policy  
5.8.2 Adoption Panel  
5.8.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
5.8.4 Placement for Adoption  
5.8.5 Adoption Support  
5.8.6 Monitoring and Reviews of Adoptive Placements  
5.8.7 Adoption Reviews  
5.8.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.8.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers and/or Prospective Adopters Updated
5.8.10 Non-Agency Adoption  
5.8.11 Adoption Case Files Procedure  
5.8.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.8.13 Intermediary Services  
5.8.14 Smoking Policy for Adopters  
5.8.15 Concurrent Planning: Providing Permanent Placements at the Earliest Opportunity  
5.8.16 Relinquished Children New



Leaving Care

  Care Leavers Charter  
5.9.1 Leaving Care  
5.9.2 Leaving Care Finance Policy Updated
5.9.3 Staying Put  
5.9.4 Pathway Planning and Reviews Updated
5.9.5 Personal Advisers  
5.9.6 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.9.7 Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual- Protocol for joint working between Children’s Social Care, YOS, Merseyside Probation Service and CRC – Care Leavers released from custody  
5.9.8 Leaving Care Guidance  



Behaviour Management

5.10.1 Behaviour Management Plans Updated
5.10.2 Behaviour Management Policy for Foster Carers Updated
5.10.3 Consequences Updated
5.10.4 Physical Intervention: Practice Guidance for Social Workers Updated




5.11.1 Bullying  
5.11.2 Incidents and Reporting  
5.11.3 Notifiable Incidents Process (Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board)  



Monitoring Quality

5.12.1 Social Worker Visits  
5.12.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.12.3 Regulation 44 Visits  
5.12.4 Service User Feedback Updated
5.12.5 Quality Assurance and Learning Framework Updated
5.12.6 Role of the Supervising Social Worker New



Privacy and Personal Care

5.13.1 Personal Care and Relationships Updated
5.13.2 Intimate and Personal Care Policy  
5.13.3 Touch Guidance  
5.13.4 Use of Photography or Videos with Children Looked After Updated



Youth Justice

5.14.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.14.2 Protocol Between Knowsley Youth Offending Service and Knowsley Children’s Social Care  
5.14.3 YJB National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  



Other Permanence Options

5.15.1 Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.15.2 Court Reports in Adoption and Special Guardianship  
5.15.3 Child Arrangements Order/Residence Order Allowances  



Direct Work Tools

5.16.1 Adult Well being Scale  
5.16.2 Alcohol Use Questionnaire  
5.16.3 Home Conditions Assessment  
5.16.4 International Resilience Project: 15-Point Checklist for Resilience  
5.16.5 Resilience / Vulnerability Matrix  
5.16.6 Rosenburg Self Esteem Scale  
5.16.7 Tool for Drug Abuse  

6. Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts Updated
6.2 Designated Managers  
6.3 Local Keywords  
6.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
6.5 Amendments