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Bolton Children's Social Care Procedures 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. Youth Justice
  8. Local Protocols
  9. Learning
  10. Documents
  11. Appendices

1. All Children

Caption: All Children
See also: Bolton Safeguarding Children Partnership Multi-Agency Arrangements for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children in Bolton.



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  
1.1.4 Capacity and Consent Updated



Early Help and Framework for Action

1.2.1 Early Help and Framework for Action for all Children, Young People and Families in Bolton  
  See also: Bolton Neglect Strategy currently under review by the Partnership  
  and Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Children's Contacts and Referrals

  NOTE: The Multi Agency Screening and Safeguarding Service (MASSS) has been replaced with the Integrated Front Door Service. Procedures will be updated, but you may continue to come across references to the MASSS.  
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  
1.3.5 8 Assessment Practice Standards: A Practice Development Guide  
1.3.6 Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences  
1.3.7 Statutory Visits: Good Practice Guidance for Children Subject to Child Protection Plans  
  See also: Part 4.6, Crossing Borders/Boundaries  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings New
1.4.4 Legal Protocol for Judicial Case Management in Public Law Children Act Cases  
1.4.5 Legal Framework  
  See also: Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  



Financial Support - under review

1.5.1 Financial Support - under review  
  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 and Child in Need)  
1.6.2 Supervision Policy - Bolton's Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers - under review  
1.6.3 Sustaining Partnerships with Ethnic Minority Families  
1.6.4 Advice on Dealing with the Media  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.7.1 Children's Social Care Complaints and Representation Procedures  
1.7.2 Whistleblowing Policy  

2. Case Management and Recording

Caption: Case Management
2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Completing a Chronology  
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
2.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
2.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated

3. Prevention and Family Support

Caption: Prevention and Family Support
3.1 Child in Need Practice Guidance  
3.2 Recognising and Assessing Private Fostering Arrangements Updated
3.3 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4 NICE Postnatal Care up to 8 Weeks After Birth  
3.5 Young Carers  
  See also: Bolton Neglect Strategy currently under review by the Partnership  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances

Caption: Particular Circumstances
Also see:
Part 4, Children in Specific Circumstances, of the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures and Bolton Neglect Strategy.



Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
4.1.2 Short Breaks Updated
4.1.3 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Domestic Abuse, Forced Marriage and Fabricated and Induced Illness

4.3.1 Domestic Violence and Abuse
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)
4.3.2 Forced Marriage
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)
4.3.3 Fabrication or Induction of Illness by Parent or Carer
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures)
  See also: Children of Alcohol/Substance Misusing Parents/Carers Procedure (Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)  



Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation

4.4.1 Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation  
4.4.2 How the Complex Safeguarding Hub Works in Bolton
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)
4.4.3 Child Exploitation Safeguarding Strategy and Plan 2020-2023  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.5.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.5.2 Mental Capacity  



Mental Health

4.6.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983  



Crossing Borders/Boundaries

4.7.1 Practice Guidance in Regard to Children and Young People Subject to a Child Protection Plan that Travel Within and Outside the United Kingdom  
4.7.2 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases  
4.7.3 Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries  
4.7.4 Transfer of Child Protection Plans From/To Other Local Authority Area  

5. Looked After Children

Caption: LAC
  See also: The Looked After Children and Leaving Care Strategy (Documents Library)  


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

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



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  
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Staying Safe Services Quality Assurance Framework - under review  
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 Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
5.4.4 Personal Education Allowances  



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 Updated
5.5.4 Anti-Bullying Policy  
5.5.5 Blood Borne Viruses - H.I.V., Hepatitis B and C Updated
5.5.6 Medication Policy: Safe Storage and Administration of Medication in Children's Social Care Service - under review  




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

6. Fostering and Adoption

Caption: 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  
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  
6.1.8 Fostering Services Statement of Purpose  
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  
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 Work Guidance  
6.2.20 Later Life Letters  

7. Youth Justice

Caption: Youth Justice
7.1 Youth Justice Service Policies and Procedures Manual  
7.2 Resettlement Policy  
7.3 Process when a Young Person (17 or Under) Appears in Court Charged with an Offence under Schedule 15 Where the Victim is Under 18 Years  
7.4 Restorative Justice Process Flowchart  
7.5 Breach Process Guidance  
7.6 Bolton Out of Court Disposals Policy and Procedure  
7.7 Mentally Vulnerable Offenders (MVO) Panel Process  
7.8 Bolton Risk Management Policy  
7.9 Reparation Process Guidance  
7.10 National Partnership Framework for England Youth Justice Services (Revised February 2022)  
7.11 Bolton Youth Justice Local Operating Standards  
7.12 Bolton Diversity Policy  
7.13 Bolton Prevention Policy  
7.14 Bolton Participation Strategy  
7.15 Youth Offender Case Disposal Gravity Factor Matrix (ACPO) (Revised 2013)  
7.16 Youth Offender Gravity Matrix Flowchart  

8. Local Protocols

Caption: Local protocols



Missing Children

8.1.1 Joint Protocol for Children and Young People Missing from Home and Care  
8.1.2 Child Exploitation and Missing From Home Group (C.E.A.M) Terms of Reference
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)
8.1.3 Children Looked After, Missing from Care Protocol  
8.1.4 Bolton Missing Strategy 2020-2023
(Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures)


Other Local Protocols

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) - under review  
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 (Department of People)  

9. Learning

Caption: Contents
9.1 Disguised Compliance - Learning from case reviews  

10. Documents

Caption: Documents
10.1 Child Incident Briefing Form  

11. Appendices

Caption: Appendices
11.1 Local Contacts  
11.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers  
11.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
11.4 Guide to Bolton Health Services Organisation - Local Contacts  
11.5 Amendments