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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each section contains Related 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
1.1.4 Capacity and Consent  
1.1.5 Gender Identity Issues  



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  
1.2.5 Integrated Children's System Guidance  
1.2.6 Care Plans Guidance  
1.2.7 Ecogram Guidance  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



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 Gateway/Planning Meetings  
1.3.6 Children Subject of Supervision Orders  
  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.  



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  
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 Protocol for the Disclosure of Information from Salford Children's Services Records to Police / Crown Prosecution Services in Child Abuse Cases  
1.6.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
1.6.6 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
1.6.7 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  




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  
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 Updated
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  



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  
2.4.3 Accessing Interpreters  



Mental Health

2.5.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Updated

3. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

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




3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care Updated
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 Updated
3.2.7 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
3.2.8 Placements with Parents  
3.2.9 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
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 Placements in Other Arrangements  
  See also My Stuff Matters  




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  
3.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
3.4.3 Notifications of Significant Events  




3.5.1 Statutory Reviews for Looked After Children Policy and Guidance  
3.5.2 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
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  
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 Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
3.7.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
3.7.3 Leisure and Activities  
3.7.4 Policy and Practice Guidance on Mobile 'Phones for Looked After Children  
3.7.5 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  
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 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint Updated
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  
3.12.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
3.12.11 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  



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 Updated
3.14.2 Staying Put  
3.14.3 Registration for National Insurance  
3.14.4 Care Leaver Strategy  
3.14.5 Next Step Leaving Care Policy (March 2022)  
3.14.6 Next Step Service Protocols  
3.14.7 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)  
3.14.8 Agreement for the Development of Pathway Planning for Eligible and Relevant Young People Receiving a Service from the Children with Disabilities Team and Next Step (April 2020)  
3.14.9 Protocol with Salford College  
3.14.10 Transition Policy for Young People with Learning Difficulties moving from Children to Adult Services  
3.14.11 Young Care Leavers Protocol  
3.14.12 Relevant and Former Relevant Review Policy  
3.14.13 Principles for the Provision of Support to Young People Remaining Open to the Next Step Service Between the Ages of 21 to 25  
3.14.14 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.14.15 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
3.14.16 Protocol between Salford Youth Justice Service and Salford Next Steps Service  
3.14.17 Salford National Probation Service, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company Local Delivery Unit and Salford Leaving Care Service  
3.14.18 Next Step Finance Policy  
3.14.19 Leaving Care Service Transgender Policy  
3.14.20 Looked After Children Joining the Armed Forces  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

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/Civil Partnership 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 Authority Claims for Looked After Children  

4. Adoption and Permanence



4.1.1 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
4.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
4.1.3 Placement for Adoption  
4.1.4 Adoption Placement Plan  
4.1.5 Adoption Support  
4.1.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.7 Review and Visiting Approved Adopters  
4.1.8 Adoption Reviews  
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  
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  
4.3.2 Special Guardianship Support Services Information  




4.4.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
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