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September 2018

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  1. All Children
  2. Preventative Services
  3. Looked After Services
  4. Guidance
  5. Specific Circumstances
  6. Resources and Protocols
  7. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Foreword and Introduction  
1.1.2 Children's Policies, Values and Principles - Including Recording, Confidentiality and Consultation  
1.1.3 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
1.1.4 Confidentiality and Loss of Sensitive Data  
1.1.5 Quality Assurance Framework Children & Family Services Updated
1.1.6 Family and Friends Policy  
  See:  

1.2

Assessments and Planning

 
1.2.1 Thresholds for Children’s Social Care Safeguarding Services Updated
1.2.2 A Brief Guide to CAF and Early Years Help  
1.2.3 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.4 New Information about Open Cases  
1.2.5 Protocol for Single Assessments (agreed with Southwark Safeguarding Children Board)  
1.2.6 Strategy Discussions  
1.2.7 Strategy Meetings - Additional Guidance relating to Children in Hospital  
1.2.8 Child Protection Conferences Including Standards for Conferences Updated
1.2.9 Legal Planning Meetings and Care Proceedings in Southwark: Practice Guidance  
1.2.10 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.2.11 Pre-Birth Assessment Procedure  
1.2.12 Pre Birth Assessment Tool  
1.2.13 Monitoring Visits to Children Subject to a Child Protection Plan  
1.2.14 Protocol for Transfer between Practice Groups within Children’s Social Care  
1.2.15 Assessment of the Needs of Disabled Parents and Their Children (Young Carers) - Children's Social Care and Adult Assessment Services - Interim Joint Protocol  
  See also: Protocol regarding the Management of 16 and 17 year old Young People who may be Homeless or require Accommodation  

   

1.3

Complaints, Allegations and Whistleblowing

 
1.3.1 Representations, Complaints and Claims Procedure Updated
1.3.2 Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure  
1.3.3 Management of Allegations Against Adults who Work with Children (Southwark Safeguarding Children Board Protocol)  

   

1.4

Safeguarding

 
1.4.1 Action to be Taken in the event of the Death of or Serious Injury to a Child or Other Critical Incidents  
1.4.2 Southwark Safeguarding Children Board Protocol for Children at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.4.3 Notifications by other Local Authorities of Looked After Children Placed in Southwark  
1.4.4 Safeguarding Disabled Children - Practice Guidance  
1.4.5 Children Missing Education Protocol Updated
1.4.6 Elective Home Education Protocol  
1.4.7 Children Missing from Home  
1.4.8 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing  
1.4.9 Missing Children – Reporting to Senior Managers  
1.4.10 Need to Know - Informing the Director Children's Social Care about Serious Issues  
1.4.11 Female Genital Mutilation Guidance  
1.4.12 Working with Children Subject of Supervision Orders New

   

1.5

Miscellaneous

 
1.5.1 Access to Records Guidance  
1.5.2 Responding to Access to Information Requests Received under the Data Protection Act 2018  
1.5.3 Storage of Records  
1.5.4 HIV and AIDS  
1.5.5 Physical Interventions  
1.5.6 Activities and Transporting Children  


2. Preventative Services

2.1

Plans and Reviews

 
2.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  

   

2.2

Miscellaneous

 
2.2.1 Private Fostering  
2.2.2 Friends and Family Arrangements  
2.2.3 Family Group Conferences  


3. Looked After Services

3.1

Policy and Care Planning

 
3.1.1 Southwark Pledge to Children and Young People in and Leaving Care  
3.1.2 Speaker Box - 11 Golden Rules for Professionals  
3.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  
3.1.4 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
3.1.5 Guidance to Accommodating Children under Section 20 Children Act 1989  
3.1.6 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
3.1.7 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
3.1.8 Children subject to Dual Planning Process - Looked After Reviews and Child Protection Conferences  

   

3.2

Placements

 
3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
3.2.2 Permanence Fostering Procedure  
3.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
3.2.4 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
3.2.5 Placement with Parents  
3.2.6 Placements with Friends and Family Foster Carers (also known as Connected Persons carers)  
3.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
3.2.8 Placements in Semi-Independent Accommodation  
3.2.9 Mother and Baby Foster Placements  
3.2.10 Remand to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.11 Out of Area Placements  

   

3.3

Reviews

 
3.3.1 Emergency Review  
3.3.2 Looked After Reviews Updated
3.3.3 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
3.3.4 Participation of Children in Looked After Reviews  
3.3.5 Parental Participation at Looked After Reviews  
  See also: Protocol between Independent Reviewing Officers and Managers and Protocol between Independent Reviewing Officers and Legal Services  
  See also: IRO Dispute Resolution Process and Flowchart  
3.3.6 Placement Plan Review  
3.3.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
  See also: Looked After Children in Contact with the Youth Justice System  

   

3.4

Behaviour Management

 
3.4.1 Children Missing from Care Procedure  
3.4.2 Behaviour Management Plans  
3.4.3 Sanctions  

   

3.5

Education, Recreation and Activities

 
3.5.1 Education of Looked After Children  
3.5.2 Personal Education Plans  
3.5.3 Role and Responsibilities of the Virtual Headteacher  
3.5.4 Southwark Virtual School - Educational Placement Protocol  
3.5.5 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  
3.5.6 Leisure and Recreation  
3.5.7 School Trips within the UK  

   

3.6

Family Contacts, Visitors and Friends

 
3.6.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
3.6.2 Contact with Relatives and Friends  

   

3.7

Foster Carers

 
3.7.1 Fostering Panel  
3.7.2 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
3.7.3 Extensions and Exemptions / Variations to Foster Carers Approval  
3.7.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
3.7.5 Allegations against Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Adopters  
3.7.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
3.7.7 Reviews of Foster Carers  
3.7.8 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
3.7.9 Supervision of Foster Carers  
3.7.10 Pets Policy  
3.7.11 Delegated Authority  
3.7.12 Notifications of Significant Events  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters (Early Permanence)  

   

3.8

Health and Wellbeing

 
3.8.1 Drugs and Substance Misuse  
3.8.2 First Aid, Home Remedies and Prescribed Medicines  
3.8.3 General Practitioners, Dentists and Opticians  
3.8.4 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans  
3.8.5 Infestations  
3.8.6 Nutrition and Diet  
3.8.7 Self Harming  

   

3.9

Incidents

 
3.9.1 Barricading  
3.9.2 Contacting the Police  
3.9.3 Countering of Bullying  
3.9.4 Searching Children and their Belongings  
3.9.5 Incidents - General  

   

3.10

Adoption and Special Guardianship

 
 

See: National Minimum Standards for Adoption 2011

Please also see: Adoption Statement of Purpose 2015-2016 and Southwark Family Finding Standards
 
3.10.1 Placement for Adoption  
3.10.2 Adoption Panel  
3.10.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adoptive Parents  
3.10.4 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters (Early Permanence)  
3.10.5 Inter Country Adoption  
3.10.6 Non-agency Adoption Placements  
3.10.7 Relinquished Children  
3.10.8 Access by Adopted Persons to Birth and Adoption Records  
3.10.9 Adoption Case Records  
3.10.10 Adoption Support Services  
3.10.11 Adoption Reviews  
3.10.12 Intermediary Services  
3.10.13 Applications for Special Guardianship  
3.10.14 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
  Also see: Allegations against Foster Carers, Prospective Adopters and Adopters  

   

3.11

Leaving Care

 
3.11.1 Support for Care Leavers – Succeeding into Adulthood - under review  
3.11.2 Transition Protocol - under review  
3.11.3 Supporting Care Leavers Through to 25 New
3.11.4 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
3.11.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.11.6 Southwark Staying Put Policy  
3.11.7 Payments and Benefits Issues for Staying Put Carers  
3.11.8 Staying Put: Financial Requirements and Personal Benefits for Young People  

   

3.12

Monitoring Quality

 
3.12.1 Social Worker Visits  

   

3.13

Privacy and Personal Care

 
3.13.1 Children's Bedrooms  
3.13.2 Hair and Skin Care  
3.13.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.13.4 Pocket Money and Allowances  
3.13.5 Looked After Children Who have their Own Funds  
3.13.6 Spiritual Development  
3.13.7 Telephones, Mobile Phones and Letters  

   

3.14

Protection and Advocacy

 
3.14.1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  

   

3.15

Miscellaneous

 
3.15.1 Change of Name  
3.15.2 Marriage  
3.15.3 Registration for National Insurance  
3.15.4 Case Records for Looked After Children  
3.15.5 Looked After Children in Contact with the Youth Justice System  


4. Guidance

4.1 Guidance for Children's Social Care Staff around the use of Police Protection  
4.2 Assessing Prospective Foster Carers  
4.3 Behaviour Management  
4.4 Care Plans  
4.5 Children's Review Guidance  
4.6 Complaints and Representations  
4.7 Condom Distribution Protocol  
4.8 Consents  
4.9 Countering Bullying  
4.10 Education of Looked After Children  
4.11 Children and Young People Aged 0 - 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - under review  
4.12 Exclusions and Children out of School  
4.13 First Aid, Home Remedies and Prescribed Medicines  
4.14 HIV/AIDS  
4.15 Life Packs  
4.16 Nutrition, Diet and Mealtimes  
4.17 Passport Applications for Looked After Children  
4.18 Permanence Planning  
4.19 Private Foster Carers  
4.20 Sexual Health and Relationships  
4.21 Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health  
4.22 Touch Guidance  
4.23 Planning for Children and Young People: Pathway Plans including Needs Assessment - Practice Guidance  
4.24 Staff Supervision, Performance Management, Training and Development  
4.25 Southwark Children’s Services Practice Guidance on Safeguarding Children Exposed to Extremism - under review  
4.26 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery New


5. Specific Circumstances

5.1 Children with Disabilities  
5.2 Short Breaks  
5.3 Young Carers  
5.4 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Updated
5.5 Children Living Away From Home (Children Act 1989 Section 85) Procedure  


6. Resources and Protocols

6.1 Protocol between Adults' and Children's Services  
6.2 Purpose Specific Information Sharing Arrangements between the Metropolitan Police, Southwark Council, and Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group  
6.3 Protocol for Joint Work between Housing and Children's Services  
6.3A Protocol regarding the Management of 16 and 17 year old Young People who may be Homeless or require Accommodation  
6.4 Protocol with Housing - Vulnerable Tenants  
6.5 Protocol with Health Visiting and School Health  
6.6 Protocol with early Years and Schools  
6.7 CAMHS Referrals  
6.8 CAMHS Emergency Protocol and Escalation Arrangements  
6.9 Out of Hours Protocol for Responding to Children and Adolescents who might present Outside Office Hours  
6.10 Family Court Assessment Service  
6.11 Protocol between Children's Services and Youth Offending Service  
6.12 Protocol between Independent Reviewing Officers and Managers  
6.13 Protocol between Independent Reviewing Officers and Legal Services  
6.14 IRO Escalation Process  
6.15 Disclosure of Information in Family Proceedings - Police/Family Disclosure  
6.16 Protocol Regarding Information Exchange and Referral with Children coming to Police Notice  
6.17 Protocol with Police Sapphire Team  
6.18 Protocol with Police and CPS for Exchange of Information in Child Abuse Cases  
6.19 Joint Service Protocol to meet the Needs of Children and Unborn Children whose Parents or Carers have Substance Misuse Problems  
6.20 Joint Service Protocol to meet the Needs of Children and Unborn Children whose Parents have Disabilities  
6.21 Joint Service Protocol to meet the Needs of Children and Unborn Children whose Parents or Carers have Mental Health Problems  
6.22 Safeguarding Children Abused Through Domestic Abuse  
6.23 Protocol for Children who are Uncollected from School  
6.24 Multi Agency Protocol for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide Reviews  
  See also: Assessment of the Needs of Disabled Parents and Their Children (Young Carers) - Children's Social Care and Adult Assessment Services - Interim Joint Protocol  
6.25 Protocol for Joint Working between Social Care and the Family Nurse Partnership where the Mother or Expected Child may be a Child in Need or Looked After  
6.26 Southwark SCB: Multi-Agency Protocol for Children Missing from Home and Care - under review  
  See also: London Child Protection Procedures - Children Missing from Care, Home and Education  
6.27 Protocol for Joint Working between Children’s Social Care and Solace Advocacy and Support Services (SASS)  
  Solace Advocacy and Support Service (SASS) Leaflet  


7. Appendices

7.1 Amendments  
7.2 Local Contacts Updated
7.3 National Contacts  
7.4 Designated Managers Updated
7.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.6 Local Keywords  

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