Salford Children's Services Procedures Manual Salford City Council website


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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. Children in Particular Circumstances
  3. Looked After Services
  4. Adoption and Permanence
  5. Appendices

1. All Children


Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles (Values)  
1.1.2 Family and Friends Care Policy  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation Updated



Referrals, Assessments and Planning

1.2.1 Thresholds of Need and Response in Salford  
1.2.2 Escalation Meeting Protocol  
1.2.3 Initial Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.4 The Children and Families Assessment Updated
1.2.5 Integrated Children's System Guidance  
1.2.6 Care Plans Guidance  



Court Proceedings

1.3.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.3.2 Police Powers of Protection/Emergency Protection Orders  
1.3.3 Legal Advice and Action for Children on the Edge of Care Procedure  
1.3.4 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.3.5 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.3.6 Children Subject of Supervision Orders  



Safeguarding Children

  Part 4 of the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual, ‘Children in Specific Circumstances’  
1.4.1 Death of, or Serious Injury to, Child in Community or Child in Care Updated
1.4.2 Activities  
1.4.3 Transporting Children  
1.4.4 Missing from Home Service  
1.4.5 The ICACU  
1.4.6 Working Agreements and Safety Plans in Child in Need, Child Protection and Looked After Child Cases  
1.4.7 Conference Chair Role and Responsibilities  
1.4.8 Step by Step Process for Post Conference Reports  



Allocation of Work

1.5.1 Transfer Protocol for Child Protection and Child in Need Service  
1.5.2 Transfer of Child Protection Plans from/to Other Local Authority Area  
1.5.3 Emergency Duty Team  



Children's Records

1.6.1 Access to Records/Subject to Access Requests  
1.6.2 Retention and Destruction of Records  
1.6.3 The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and when Children’s Services receive a Request to Evidence Domestic Violence and Abuse  
1.6.4 The Young Person’s Guide to the Children and Families Act 2014  
1.6.5 Protocol for the Disclosure of Information from Salford Children's Services Records to Police / Crown Prosecution Services in Child Abuse Cases  
1.6.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  




1.7.1 Supervision Policy  



Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

1.8.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
1.8.2 Mental Capacity  

2. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children in Need

2.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
2.1.2 Child in Need Coordination Service  
2.1.3 Financial Assistance for Children in Need  



Preventive and Supportive Services

2.2.1 Private Fostering  
2.2.2 Family Group Conferencing  
2.2.3 Joint Protocol between Housing Services and Children’s Services for 16 and 17 Years Olds  
2.2.4 Joint Protocol Between Salford Youth Justice Service & Salford Children Services Specialist Teams  
2.2.5 Early Intervention & Prevention Service Process and Procedures  



Children who have a Disability

2.3.1 Childhood Disability Service  
2.3.2 Direct Payments Policy and Procedures - under review  
2.3.3 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
2.3.4 Disability Resource Panel  
2.3.5 Interagency Protocol for Children and Young People with Severe and/or Complex Needs - under review  
2.3.6 Short Breaks  
2.3.7 Resource Allocation System: Children with disabilities Social Care  
2.3.8 Young Carers  
2.3.9 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings New



Children and Families from Abroad

2.4.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
2.4.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
2.4.3 Accessing Interpreters  

3. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

3.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
3.1.2 Family on Track Panel  
3.1.3 Permanence Planning Policy Updated
3.1.4 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
3.1.5 Delegated Authority Procedure and Guidance  
3.1.6 Transfer of Cases for Looked After Children from Child Protection/Child in Need Services to Looked After children Service  
3.1.7 Reunification Policy for Looked After Children  




3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
3.2.2 Placement with Connected Persons  
3.2.3 Family and Friends Foster Carer Assessments Practice Guidance  
3.2.4 Mother and Baby Placements Policy  
3.2.5 Placements in Residential Care  
3.2.6 Court Remand to Local Authority or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.7 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
3.2.8 Placements with Parents  
3.2.9 Placements Outside England and Wales  
3.2.10 Approving the use of an Outside Placement (Independent Foster Agency or Residential)  
3.2.11 Review of Outside Placements  
3.2.12 Additional Staffing  
3.2.13 Out of Area Placements  
3.2.14 Young People in Unregulated Placements  




3.3.1 Premises and Security  
3.3.2 Recording  
3.3.3 Guidance for Regulation 44 Visits  
3.3.4 Risk Assessments and Management Tool Kit  
3.3.5 Visitors to the Home  
3.3.6 Purchasing Cards Guidance  
3.3.7 Equality and Diversity  
3.3.8 Forms  



Monitoring Placements

3.4.1 Social Worker Visits Updated
3.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  




3.5.1 Statutory Reviews for Looked After Children Policy and Guidance  
3.5.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated
3.5.3 Guidance for Professionals Regarding Children Subject to Dual Processes - Child Protection Plans and Looked After Child Plans  



Contact with Family and Friends

3.6.1 Contact with Family and Friends for Looked After Children Updated
3.6.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
3.6.3 Looked After Children Contacting their Social Worker  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

3.7.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  
3.7.2 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips in the UK  
3.7.3 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips Outside the UK  
3.7.4 Leisure and Activities  
3.7.5 Policy and Practice Guidance on Mobile 'Phones for Looked After Children  
3.7.6 Looked After Children and Computer and Internet Access  



Health and Wellbeing

3.8.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans Updated
3.8.2 Drugs and Substance Misuse (Including Smoking)  
3.8.3 Protocol for Promoting the Health of Looked After Children  
3.8.4 Joint Guidelines for the Administration and Control of Medication within Residential Establishments  
3.8.5 GPs, Dentists and Opticians  
3.8.6 Sexual Health  
  See also: NCB / Hamblin, Practice Guidance: Supporting Young People with HIV Testing and Prevention (2016)  
3.8.7 Self Harming  



Privacy and Personal Care

3.9.1 Children's Bedrooms  
3.9.2 Hair and Skin Care  
3.9.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.9.4 Touch Guidance  
3.9.5 Junior Individual Saving Accounts for Looked After Children (DfE Guidance)  



Behaviour Management

3.10.1 Sanctions  
3.10.2 Physical Intervention  
3.10.3 Countering Bullying  




3.11.1 Contacting the Police  
3.11.2 Searching Children and Their Belongings  
3.11.3 Incidents Guidance  



Foster Carers

3.12.1 Fostering Panel Updated
3.12.2 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
3.12.3 Verifying Information Provided by Referees  
3.12.4 Assessing Two Families for the Same Child  
3.12.5 Fostering Exemptions and Extensions  
3.12.6 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
3.12.7 Supervision of Foster Carers Updated
3.12.8 Training Foster Carers  
3.12.9 Review of Foster Carers Updated
3.12.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
3.12.11 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Updated



Foster Carers Guidance

3.13.1 Information and Record Keeping Guidance for Foster Carers  
3.13.2 Family Placement Team Case Recording Policy  
3.13.3 Equality and Diversity Guidance  
3.13.4 Safe Caring Policy and Practice Guidance  
3.13.5 Fostering Health and Safety Guidance  
3.13.6 Anti-Bullying Policy for Foster Carers  
3.13.7 Managing Behaviour in Foster Homes  
3.13.8 Long Term Fostering  
3.13.9 Smoking Policy  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

3.14.1 Leaving Care  
3.14.2 Staying Put  
3.13.3 Registration for National Insurance  
3.14.4 Agreement for the Development of Pathway Planning for Eligible and Relevant Young People Receiving a Service from the Children and Families Team and Next Step (April 2019) Updated
3.14.5 Protocol with Salford College  
3.14.6 Transition Policy for Young People with Learning Difficulties moving from Children to Adult Services  
3.14.7 Young Care Leavers Protocol  
3.14.8 Relevant and Former Relevant Review Policy  
3.14.9 Principles for the Provision of Education or Training Support to Young People Returning for a Next Step Service Aged 21 to 25  
3.14.10 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.14.11 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
3.14.12 Protocol between Salford Youth Offending Service and Salford Next Steps Service  
3.14.13 Salford National Probation Service, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company Local Delivery Unit and Salford Leaving Care Service  
3.14.14 Next Step Finance Policy  
3.14.15 Leaving Care Service Transgender Policy  
3.14.16 Looked After Children Joining the Armed Forces  



Complaints and Whistle-Blowing

3.15.1 Younger Looked After Children's Complaints Process  
3.15.2 Older Looked After Children's Complaints Process  
3.15.3 Comments, Complaints and Compliments  




3.16.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
3.16.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  
3.16.3 Salford CAMHS for Looked after Children: Operational Policy  
3.16.4 Matching Meeting Proforma  
3.16.5 Criminal Injuries Compensation  

4. Adoption and Permanence



4.1.1 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
4.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
4.1.3 Placement for Adoption Updated
4.1.4 Adoption Placement Plan  
4.1.5 Adoption Support Updated
4.1.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.7 Review and Visiting Approved Adopters  
4.1.8 Adoption Reviews Updated
4.1.9 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.10 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters  
4.1.11 Salford City Council Employees as Prospective Adopters or Carers  
4.1.12 Inter-Country Adoption  
4.1.13 Non-Agency Adoption  
4.1.14 Adoption Case Records  
4.1.15 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated
4.1.16 Intermediary Services  
4.1.17 Adoption Planning  
4.1.18 Visiting Children in Adoption Placement  
4.1.19 Relinquished Children  



Adoption Miscellaneous

4.2.1 Adoption Register Referral  
4.2.2 Adoption Health and Safety Checklist  
4.2.3 Smoking Policy  



Other Permanence Options

4.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
4.3.2 Special Guardianship Support Services Information  




4.4.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Updated
4.4.2 Life Story Books Guidance  
4.4.3 Later Life Letters  

5. Appendices

5.1 Local Contacts  
5.2 Designated Managers  
5.3 Case File Auditing  
5.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
5.6 Amendments