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Waltham Forest Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

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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. Prevention and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Audit & Practice Improvement
  8. Appendices

1. All Children

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Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Protocol  
1.1.3 Consultation Protocol  
1.1.4 Connected Persons Placements  
1.1.5 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.6 Strategic Partnership Boards New



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Early Help  
1.2.2 Multi-Agency Referral of a Child in Need to Social Services  
1.2.3 Early Help and Threshold Criteria for Intervention Document Updated
1.2.4 Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub  
1.2.5 The Management of Allegations against Staff or Volunteers who work with Children and Young People in Waltham Forest  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Child and Family Assessment Updated
1.3.3 Pre-Birth Assessment Procedure and Guidance  
1.3.4 Transfer Protocol  
1.3.5 Process for Requests for Planned EDT Work  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Public Law Outline, Public and Private Law Proceedings  
1.4.2 Legal Planning Meetings  




1.5.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.3 Children Who Go Missing from Home, Care and Education  
1.5.4 Children Subject to CP Plans who go on Holiday within the UK and Abroad  
1.5.5 Social Media Protocol  
1.5.6 Child Car Seat Assessment  
1.5.7 Blood Borne Viruses  
1.5.8 Induction Handbook for Managers  
1.5.9 Induction Handbook New Employee’s Guidance  
1.5.10 Appraisal Policy Guidance  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations Updated
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  

2. Case Management and Recording

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2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
2.5 The Use of Warnings in Social Care Records (Framework-i)  

3. Prevention and Family Support

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3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Child Protection Plans  
3.3 Private Fostering  
3.4 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  
3.5 Family Group Conference  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances

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Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Disabled Children's Team  
4.1.2 Disability Enablement Service (DES)  
4.1.3 Direct Payments  
4.1.4 Short Breaks  
4.1.5 Preparation for the 1st Looked After Review for Short Breaks (where Reg 48 is Applicable)  
4.1.6 Transition Protocol  
4.1.7 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
4.1.8 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities New



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated



Young Carers

4.3.1 Young Carers  



Relinquished Children

4.4.1 Relinquished Children  



Deprivation of Liberty

4.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  



Mental Capacity

4.6.1 Mental Capacity Act 2005  

5. Looked After Children

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Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanency Planning Guidance  
5.1.4 Introduction Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.5 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.6 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.7 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.8 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.10 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.11 Placements with Parents  
5.1.12 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.13 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
5.1.14 Local Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Protocol  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.7 Notifications of Significant Events Updated



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
5.4.2 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.5.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition

5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Staying Put Protocol  
5.7.3 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers Procedure  
5.7.4 Children & Young People’s Guide to Financial Help and Support  
5.7.5 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

6. Fostering and Adoption

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Fostering Services

  Fostering Statement of Purpose  

6.1.1 Adoption and Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated



Adoption and Permanence

  Adoption Statement of Purpose  
  London Borough of Waltham Forest in partnership with Coram Ambitious for Adoption RAA  

6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.9 Relinquishing a Child for Adoption  
6.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
6.2.15 Application for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.2.17 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.18 Later Life Letters  

7. Audit & Practice Improvement

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7.1 Quality Assurance Framework  
7.2 Practice Observation Framework  
7.3 Waltham Forest Continuing Professional Development Programme for Adult Social Care and Children Services April 2019 - March 2020  

8. Appendices

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8.1 Local Contacts Updated
8.2 Local Keywords  
8.3 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
8.4 Waltham Forest Supervision Policy & Resource Toolkit  
8.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
8.6 Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 (February 2015)  
8.7 Amendments  


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