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  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  
1.1.3 Knowsley Information Sharing Charter  
1.1.4 Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Procedure
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
1.1.5 Emergency Duty Team Practice Guidance  
1.1.6 Young Carers  
1.1.7 Case Summaries Guidance  
1.1.8 What Impact do we have on the Lives of Children, Young People and their Families?  
1.1.9 Police and Social Care Joint Working Protocol  
1.1.10 Protocol Between Knowsley Youth Offending Service and Knowsley Children's Social Care Updated
1.1.11 Joint Merseyside Protocol for the Provision of Local Authority Accommodation  
1.1.12 Children's Social Care Lone Working Policy  
1.1.13 Children's Safeguarding Services: Team SHIELD - Operational Procedures  
1.1.14 Signs of Safety Practice Guidance  
1.1.15 Rapid Review Process Guidance  



Assessment and Planning

1.2.1 Child & Family Assessment Framework  
1.2.2 Pre-Birth Assessment  
1.2.3 Early Help Process Flowchart  
1.2.4 Step Up / Step Down Procedure
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
1.2.5 Transfer Policy Updated
1.2.6 Disclosure and Barring Service Check or Direct Police Check  
1.2.7 Practice Standards for Single Assessments and Child in Need Planning  
1.2.8 Knowsley Risk Management Toolkit  
1.2.9 Knowsley Resilience and Vulnerability Tool
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
1.2.10 Group Supervision Guidance New
1.2.11 No Access Visit Guidance  



Legal Framework

1.3.1 Protocol Between Independent Reviewing Officer and Children's Guardians  
1.3.2 Legal Framework for Child Protection Updated
1.3.3 Pre Proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) Procedures and Practice Guidance Updated
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  
  For information in relation to case records and retention, access to records etc. please see: Knowsley's Internal Procedures.  




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 Partnership Procedures)
1.4.3 Whistleblowing  

2. Child Protection

2.1 Practice Standards  
2.2 Strategy Discussion/Meeting Protocol Updated
2.3 Child Protection Review Process  
2.4 Cancellation of Conferences and CLA Reviews  
2.5 Policy for Children's Participation in the Child Protection Conference Process  
2.6 Pan Merseyside - Safeguarding Children Partnerships: Missing Children Procedure
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
2.7 Child Protection Conference Chairs Challenge Process  
2.8 North West ADCS Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures  
2.9 Domestic Violence and Abuse
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
2.10 Safeguarding Children and Young People Affected by Gun and Gang Activity and Associated Serious Youth Violence  
2.11 Child Sexual Exploitation - A Framework for Professionals Working with Children who Experience, or are at Risk of, Sexual Exploitation
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
2.12 Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Multi-Agency Neglect Strategy (2019 - 2021)  

3. Preventive and Support Services

3.1 Child in Need Planning and Review Updated
3.2 Children In Need moving across Local Authority Boundaries  
3.3 Children with Disabilities Referral Assessment and Planning Updated
3.4 Short Breaks  
3.5 Fullerton Eligibility Criteria Updated
3.6 Knowsley Complex Care and Resource Panel  
3.7 Direct Payments Policy  
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 Services to Parents with Disabilities (Substance Misuse, Physical, Learning Disabilities or Domestic Abuse) and their Children  
4.2 Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the Hague Convention  
4.3 Use of Interpreters, Signers or Others with Communication Skills  
4.4 Working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  
4.5 Families with no Recourse to Public Funds Updated
4.6 Preventing Homelessness: Protocol between Knowsley Housing Trust, Family First and CSC  
4.7 Private Fostering Updated




4.8.1 Transporting Children  
4.8.2 Travel Assistance Policy (Children's Social Care Users)  
4.8.3 Travel Support Policy  
4.8.4 Guidance for Taxi/Transport Requests Updated

5. Services to Children Looked After


Planning for Children Looked After

5.1.1 Sufficiency Needs Assessment for Children  
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  
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  
5.1.9 Agreement to Accommodate a Child Updated
5.1.10 Knowsley Multi-Agency Permanency Panel - Terms of Reference  
5.1.11 Joint Housing Protocol for Care Leavers  
5.1.12 Child Trust Funds and Junior ISA's for Looked After Children Updated
5.1.13 Practice Standards for Children Looked After  




5.2.1 Children Subject to Care Orders Who are Placed at Home Updated
5.2.2 Placement with Friends and Family Carers Updated
5.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
5.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
5.2.5 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.2.6 Placement Plans Updated
5.2.7 Access to Resources (ART) Placement Process  
5.2.8 Deprivations of Liberty - under review  
5.2.9 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
5.2.10 Disruption Meetings New
5.2.11 Placement Stability Meetings New




5.3.1 Child Looked After Reviews Updated
5.3.2 CLA Review Process  
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  
  See also: Cancellation of Conferences and CLA Reviews  



Education of Children Looked After

5.4.1 Duty to Promote the Educational Attainment of Looked After and Previously 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)  
5.4.5 Reviewing and Updating the Personal Education Plan (PEP)  
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 and School Exclusions  
5.4.11 Alternative and Independent Education Provision  
5.4.12 Training for those Involved in the Care and Education of Looked After Children  
5.4.13 Celebrating a Child's Achievements  
5.4.14 Information Sharing  
5.4.15 The Role of Designated Teachers and Schools  
5.4.16 Responsibilities of Social Workers Concerning the Promotion of Education  
5.4.17 Responsibilities of Carers Concerning the Promotion of Education  
5.4.18 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 Updated
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 Family Time With Parents, Siblings and Other Significant Family & Friends  
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  
5.7.2 Fostering Panel Updated
5.7.3 Limit on the Number of Children in Foster Homes Updated
5.7.4 Supervision of Foster Carers Updated
5.7.5 Knowsley Foster Carer Review Policy Updated
5.7.6 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
5.7.7 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.7.8 CoramBAAF Guidance on Reducing the Risks of Environmental Tobacco Smoke for Looked After Children and their Carers  
5.7.9 Smoking Policy  
5.7.10 References and Checks Updated
5.7.11 Health and Safety Check for Knowsley Foster Carers Updated
5.7.12 Placement with Dog-owning Families who Wish to be Approved as Foster Carers  
5.7.13 Foster Carers and Baby Sitting Updated
5.7.14 Foster Carers Record Keeping and Retention Policy Updated
5.7.15 Foster Carers who wish to Adopt a Child who they are Currently Fostering Updated
5.7.16 Fostering for Adoption and Concurrent Planning Placements in Knowsley  
5.7.17 For Safe and Proper Use of Internet and Computers for Children Looked After Updated
5.7.18 Safer Caring Guidelines for Foster Carers Updated
5.7.19 Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol  
5.7.20 Practice Standards for Foster Carer Reviews and Timescale Flowchart New



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 Prospective Adopters (and Foster Carers)  
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  



Leaving Care

5.9.1 Leaving Care Finance Policy  
5.9.2 Staying Put  
5.9.3 Personal Advisers  
5.9.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.9.5 Care Leavers Released from Custody Protocol - Joint Working Arrangements between Children's Social Care (CSC), Youth Offending Service (YOS), Merseyside Probation Service (NPS) and Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)  
5.9.6 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.9.7 The Local Offer  
5.9.8 Care Leavers Health History  
5.9.10 Standard Operational Procedure for the Provision of Care Leavers Health History  



Behaviour Management

5.10.1 Behaviour Management Policy for Foster Carers Updated
5.10.2 Care Leavers Standards  




5.11.1 Bullying Updated
5.11.2 Notifiable Incidents Process
(Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures)
5.11.3 Notification of Significant Events  
5.11.4 Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews Notifiable Incidents Process Guidance  



Monitoring Quality

5.12.1 Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After  
5.12.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.12.3 Regulation 44 Visits  
5.12.4 Service User Feedback  
5.12.5 Quality Assurance and Learning Framework Updated
5.12.6 Role of the Supervising Social Worker Updated
5.12.7 Managers Practice Standards  
5.12.8 Social Worker Practice Standards  
5.12.9 Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) and Child Protection Chairs (CP) Practice Standards  
5.12.10 Process for Informal Challenge & Dispute Resolution for the IROs/CP Chairs  



Privacy and Personal Care

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



Youth Justice

5.14.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  



Other Permanence Options

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

6. Appendices

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

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