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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. Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services
  3. Assessment
  4. Safeguarding
  5. Court Proceedings and Legal Planning
  6. Children in Care
  7. Fostering and Adoption
  8. Children in Particular Circumstances
  9. Case Management and Recording
  10. Contacts and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.3 Complaints and Representations  
1.4 Dispute Resolution Protocol  
1.5 Whistleblowing  
1.6 Critical Incident / High Risk Cases Notification Guidance and Template  
1.7 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (in Care and Child in Need)  


2. Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

2.1 Early Help Framework  
2.2 Dudley Threshold Framework  
2.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  


3. Assessment

3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
3.2 Assessments  
3.3 Pre-Birth Assessments  
3.4 Family Group Conferences  
3.5 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See also: Regional Child Protection Procedures  


4. Safeguarding

4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  


5. Court Proceedings and Legal Planning

5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
5.3 Legal Gateway Meetings  
5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  See also: Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers (July 2014)  


6. Children in Care

6.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Children in Care  
6.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
6.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
6.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
6.6 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children in Care  
6.7 Junior Individual Saving Accounts for Children in Care  
6.8 Placements with Parents  
6.9 Placements with Connected Persons  
6.10 Placements in Foster Care  
6.11 Placements in Residential Care  
6.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation  
6.13 Out of Area Placements  
6.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
6.15 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
6.16 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
6.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.18 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
6.19 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
6.20 Child in Care Reviews  
6.21 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
6.22 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
6.23 Notifications of Significant Events  
6.24 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
6.25 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
6.26 Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children  
6.27 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
6.28 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
6.29 Personal Care and Relationships  
6.30 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
6.31 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
6.32 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
6.33 Marriage of a Child in Care  
6.34 Leaving Care and Transition  
6.36 Staying Put  
6.37 Children and Young People in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
6.38 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation and Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  


7. Fostering and Adoption

  See Fostering in Dudley website  
7.1 Fostering Panel  
7.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
7.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
7.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
7.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
7.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
7.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See Adoption@Heart - Regional Adoption Agency for Dudley  
7.8 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
7.9 Adoption Panel  
7.10 Placement for Adoption  
7.11 Adoption Support  
7.12 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.13 Adoption Reviews  
7.14 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
7.15 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.16 Inter Country Adoption  
7.18 Non Agency Adoption  
7.19 Adoption Case Records  
7.20 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.21 Intermediary Services  
7.22 Life Story Books Guidance  
7.23 Later Life Letters  
7.24 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
7.25 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
7.26 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  


8. Children in Particular Circumstances

8.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
8.2 Direct Payments  
8.3 Short Breaks  
8.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
8.5 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
8.6 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  
8.7 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Olds who may be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
8.8 Family and Friends Care  
8.9 Private Fostering  
8.10 Young Carers  
8.11 Relinquished Children  
8.12 Deprivation of Liberty  
8.13 Mental Capacity  
8.14 Capacity and Consent New


9. Case Management and Recording

9.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
9.2 Case Records and Retention  
9.3 Access to Records  
9.4 Confidentiality Policy  
9.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
9.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff New
9.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices New


10. Contacts and Appendices

10.1 Local Contacts  
10.2 Dudley Children's Services Scheme for Delegation and Decision-Making  
10.3 Amendments  

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