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Bolton Children's Social Care Procedures Manual: Contents

March 2018

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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. Youth Offending
  8. Local Protocols
  9. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation New
1.1.4 Procedure for Updating this Procedures Manual  



Early Help and Framework for Action

1.2.1 Early Help Guidance Updated
1.2.2 Framework for Action for all Children, Young People and Families in Bolton Updated
1.2.3 Bolton SCB Integrated Working Processes – Lead professional Guidance for Practitioners Updated
1.2.4 Early Help and Working Together Resources New



Children's Contacts and Referrals

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Children and Families – Single Assessment Protocol and Guidance  
1.3.3 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.4 Transfer of Cases Protocol Updated
1.3.5 8 Assessment Practice Standards: A Practice Development Guide  
1.3.6 Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences  
1.3.7 Transfer of Child Protection Plans From/To Other Local Authority Area Updated
1.3.8 Children in Need moving across Local Authority boundaries Updated



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Court Proceedings  
1.4.3 Public Law Outline  
1.4.4 Legal Protocol for Judicial Case Management in Public Law Children Act Cases  
1.4.5 Legal Framework  



Financial Support

1.5.1 Financial Support  
  See also: Framework for Action for all Children, Young People and Families in Bolton  




1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After a Child in Need) Updated
1.6.2 Supervision Policy - Bolton's Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers Updated
1.6.3 Sustaining Partnerships with Ethnic Minority Families  
1.6.4 Lead Professional Guidance for Practitioners (Integrated Working Processes)  
1.6.5 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases  
1.6.6 Advice on Dealing with the Media  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.7.1 Managing Children's and Adults Social Care Complaints Policy  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing Policy Updated

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Case Recording  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Completing a Chronology  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations New

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child Action Meetings and Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Recognising and Assessing Private Fostering Arrangements  
3.3 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4 NICE Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances

Also see:
Part 4, Children in Specific Circumstances, of the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures.



Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Services for Children with Disabilities  
4.1.2 Process for Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Safeguarding Children Coming In From Abroad  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Domestic Abuse

4.3.1 Domestic Violence and Abuse Updated
4.3.2 Forced Marriage and Safeguarding Children and Young People  
4.3.3 Fabrication or Induction of Illness by Parent or Carer  



Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation

4.4.1 Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation  

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children - under review Updated
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.4 Permanence for Children Updated
5.1.5 Assessment of Sibling Relationships: Children X and Y  
5.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.7 Placements in Foster Care Updated
5.1.8 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.9 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.10 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.11 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds and Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated
5.1.12 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.13 Placements with Parents Updated
5.1.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.15 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.1.16 Guide to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Reviews Regulations (England) 2010 and Statutory Guidance  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated
5.2.6 Staying Safe Services Quality Assurance Framework  
5.2.7 Notification of Significant Events  



Contact and Overnight Stays

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



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Holidays and Schools Trips in the UK  
5.4.2 Holidays School Trips Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Education of Looked After Children - The Personal Education Plan (PEP) Process  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Promoting the Health of Looked After Children and Young People in Bolton  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 A Positive Approach to Working with Looked After Children  
5.5.4 Anti-Bullying Policy  
5.5.5 Blood Borne Viruses  
5.5.6 HIV  
5.5.7 Medication Policy: Safe Storage and Administration of Medication in Children's Social Care Service  




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



Leaving Care and Transition

5.7.1 Leaving Care Service Updated
5.7.2 Financial Policy for Young People Receiving Leaving Care Services  
5.7.3 Staying Put Updated
5.7.4 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

  Note: Fostering for Adoption/Concurrency  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.3 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Fostering Services Statement of Purpose - under review  
6.1.9 Looked After Children Living with Connected People  
6.1.10 Policy and Procedure for Parent and Child Fostering  



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Adoption Service Statement of Purpose Updated
6.2.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.3 Fostering for Adoption/Concurrency  
6.2.4 Adoption Panel  
6.2.5 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.6 Relinquished Babies for Adoption  
6.2.7 Adoption Support  
6.2.8 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.9 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.10 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.11 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Placed  
6.2.12 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.13 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.14 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.15 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.16 Intermediary Services  
6.2.17 Special Guardianship Orders  
6.2.18 Court Report in Adoption / Placement Order / Special Guardianship Applications Guidance  
6.2.19 Life Story Books  
6.2.20 Later Life Letters  

7. Youth Offending

7.1 Youth Justice Board National Standards for Youth Justice Services 2014  
7.2 Youth Justice Board Case Management Guidance 2013  

8. Local Protocols

8.1 Joint Protocol For Children and Young People Missing From Home and Care  
8.2 Protocol for Working with Young People (16/17 year olds) presenting as Homeless between Children's Services (Leaving Care Team) and Community Housing Services (Homeless Welfare)  
8.3 Joint Protocol - Working with Parents/Carers Who Have Mental Health Problems  
8.4 Protocol for Working with Former Relevant Young People (Housing Assistance to Care Leavers Including those Who May Present as Homeless)  
8.5 Children Missing from Education Guidelines and Procedure (Children and Adult Services)  

9. Appendices

9.1 Local Contacts Updated
9.2 Scheme of Delegation Updated
9.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
9.4 Guide to Bolton Health Services Organisation - Local Contacts  
9.5 Amendments