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Hull Children and Families Service Online Procedures

October 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. Disabled Children
  3. Services for Young People
  4. Looked After Services
  5. Adoption and Permanence
  6. Children's Homes Procedures
  7. Children's Centres Procedures
  8. Staff
  9. Guidance
  10. Appendices

1. All Children


Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Values, Principles and Strategy  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation New
1.1.3 Confidentiality, Values and Principles  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Policy  



Early Help

1.2.1 Early Help and Safeguarding - Guidance for Practitioners  
1.2.2 Early Help Pathway - Flowchart  
1.2.3 Thresholds of Need Guidance
(Hull Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines and Procedures)



Referrals, Assessments, Planning and Review

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) Contact and Referral Form  
1.3.3 Assessment - Hull Children's Social Care Assessment Protocol
(Hull Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines and Procedures)
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.5 Unborn Procedures and Guidance (Pre-birth Pathway)  
1.3.6 Pre-birth Hospital Plan  
1.3.7 Child / Young Person's Plans  
1.3.8 Core Group Working and Reviews  
1.3.9 Request for Information from the Police  
1.3.10 Resource Allocation Panel (RAP) - Terms of Reference  
1.3.11 Missing Children and Young People Procedure and Guidance  
1.3.12 Private Fostering Updated
1.3.13 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
1.3.14 Contact Procedures and Guidance
(See Section 4.5, Contact with Family and Friends)
1.3.15 Young Carers Updated
1.3.16 Process Flowcharts (Child in Need; Child with a child protection plan and looked after children)  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Section 7 and 37 Reports  



Complaints and Whistle-Blowing

1.5.1 Representation and Complaints Procedure  
1.5.2 Whistleblowing Hull City Council Process  



Allocation of Work

1.6.1 Case Transfer Policy and Procedure  



Children's Records

1.7.1 Recording  
1.7.2 Recording (Additional Guidance)  
1.7.3 Access to Records  
1.7.4 Retention, Archiving and Destruction of Records New
1.7.5 Case Records for Looked After Children Updated
1.7.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  



Quality Assurance

1.8.1 Quality Audit Guidance  
1.8.2 Observed Practice Form  




1.9.1 Transporting Children  
1.9.2 Scheme of Delegation  
1.9.3 Short Breaks  

2. Disabled Children

2.1 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
2.2 Children's Disability Panel Guidance for Social Workers  
2.3 Disability Information Pack  
2.4 Moving and Handling Policy for Staff who Assist Disabled Children and Young People  
2.5 Application for a Blue Badge for a Child  
2.6 Hull Information Exchange - Disabled Children (HIE-DC)  
2.7 Criteria for Transport  
2.8 Service User: Ad Hoc Transport Procedure  
2.9 Service User: Planned Transport Procedure  
2.10 Limetree Court: Safe Administration of Medication Policy  
2.11 Short Breaks (see 1.9.3 above)  

3. Services for Young People

These procedures are under review and will be updated

3.1 Rights and Participation - Targeted Youth Support  
3.2 ReFRESH Procedures  
3.3 Supported Lodgings  
3.4 Provision of Accommodation for Homeless 16 to 17 year olds (GOV.UK website)  

4. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

4.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
4.1.2 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements Procedure  
4.1.3 Relinquished Children  
4.1.4 Placement Planning, Maintenance and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.5 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.1.6 Ceasing to Look After a Child  




4.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons (formerly Family and Friends) Updated
4.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.4 External / Agency Placements for Children and Young People Updated
4.2.5 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.6 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
4.2.7 Placements with Parents Updated
4.2.8 Looked after Children and Young People who are placed in another Local Authority Area  
4.2.9 Placements Outside England and Wales  



Monitoring Placements

4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
4.3.3 SOVA Leaflets  




4.4.1 Looked After Children (LAC) Reviews  
4.4.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.4.3 Role of the Independent Conference and Review Officer Updated
4.4.4 ICRO/IFRO Escalation Process  
4.4.5 Dispute Resolution  
4.4.6 Referral to Cafcass  
4.4.7 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  



Contact with Family and Friends

4.5.1 Contact Procedures and Guidance  
4.5.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays with Friends) Updated



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

4.6.1 Education of Looked After Children  
4.6.2 Guidance on Initiating and Reviewing Electronic Personal Education Plans (ePEPs)  
4.6.3 ePEP Guide for Social Workers  
4.6.4 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips Inside and Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

4.7.1 Health Assessments, Health Plans and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires  
4.7.2 Drugs and Substance Misuse (Including Smoking)  
4.7.3 Administration of Medication  
4.7.4 GPs, Dentists and Opticians  
4.7.5 Sexual Health  
4.7.6 Behaviour Management  
4.7.7 Personal Care and Relationships  



Foster Carers

  Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, Associated Guidance and National Minimum Standards  
4.8.1 Fostering Panel  
4.8.2 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
4.8.3 Fostering Exemptions and Out of Approvals Notices  
4.8.4 References and Checks Guidance  
4.8.5 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
4.8.6 Supervision of Foster Carers  
4.8.7 Foster Carer Support  
4.8.8 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
4.8.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
4.8.10 Safe Caring  
4.8.11 Smoking Policy  
4.8.12 Matching Children with Foster Carers  
4.8.13 Fostering Quality Assurance Framework  
4.8.14 Guidance on Unannounced Visits to Foster Carer Households  
4.8.15 Acceptable Computer Usage Policy: Guidance for Carers  
4.8.16 Disability Living Allowance - Children Looked After in Foster Placements  
  Hull Fostering Statement of Purpose  
  Foster Carer Handbook (2017/2018)  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements Procedure  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

  Care Leavers Charter  
4.9.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.9.2 Staying Put - under review  
4.9.3 Registration for National Insurance  
4.9.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  




4.10.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.10.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
4.10.3 Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) for Looked After Children  
4.10.4 Sufficiency Duty in Relation to the Accommodation of Looked After Children  
4.10.5 Looked After Children who Have their Own Funds  

5. Adoption and Permanence



  Adoption National Minimum Standards  
5.1.1 Adoption Panel  
5.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
5.1.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.1.4 Adoption Support  
5.1.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.1.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.1.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.1.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters  
5.1.9 Inter-County Adoption Updated
5.1.10 Non-Agency Adoption Updated
5.1.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.1.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.1.13 Intermediary Services  
5.1.14 Adoptive Parents Handbook  
5.1.15 Fostering for Adoption / Early Permanence Placements Procedure  
5.1.16 Adoption by Foster Carers - Professional Meeting  



Other Permanence Options

5.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.2.2 Regional Special Guardianship Toolkit New




5.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
5.3.2 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.3.3 Later Life Letters  
5.3.4 Health and Safety in Prospective Adopters' Homes  
  See also: BAAF Practice Note No 53 - Guidelines for the Testing of Looked After Children who are at risk of a Blood-Borne Infection  

6. Children's Homes Procedures

6.1 Children's Homes Regulations (including the Quality Standards)  
6.2 Children's Homes Procedures Contents List  

7. Children's Centres Procedures

7.1 Children's Centres Procedures Contents List  

8. Staff

8.1 Supervision Policy Updated

9. Guidance

See Additional Safeguarding Practice Guidance, Hull Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines and Procedures.

9.1 Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the 1996 Hague Convention  

10. Appendices

10.1 Local Contacts  
10.2 Hull Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines and Procedures  
10.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
10.4 Local Keywords  
10.5 Amendments