Slough Children's Services Trust Procedure Manual: Contents

January 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. Handy Hints - Brief Practice Guides
  8. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Our Vision and Priorities  
1.1.2 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  



Early Help in Slough

1.2.1 Guide for Practitioners (Early Help)  
1.2.2 Early Help Flowchart  
1.2.3 Early Help Assessment Form  
1.2.4 Children's Social Care Thresholds and the Multi - Agency Needs/Risk Matrix  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Initial Contacts and Referrals Updated
1.3.2 Slough's Local Protocol for Assessment  
1.3.3 Assessment Under the Children Act 1989 - Working Together 2015  
1.3.4 Needs and Risk Assessment Framework for Children’s Social Care  
1.3.5 Assessments User Guide  
1.3.6 Protocols and Guidance for Relinquished Baby Cases  
1.3.7 Transfer Protocols Between CYPFS Social Work Teams  
1.3.8 Parenting Assessment Team - Referral Process and Explanation Notes  

Children’s Services Duty Manual



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
1.4.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.4.4 Private Law Applications (including Section 7 and Section 37 Reports)  
1.4.5 Changes to Mediation Funding - Legal Aid Agency Guidance for Mediation Service Providers  



Emergency Duty Team

1.5.1 Working Protocol Between Emergency Duty Team and Berkshire Unitary Authorities  




1.6.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
1.6.2 Critical Incident Notification Reporting (and Form)  
1.6.3 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases  
1.6.4 Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Support Services and Information (Slough website)  
1.6.5 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.6.6 Safeguarding Protocol: Children who are not in School  
1.6.7 Multi-faith Safeguarding Hub  
1.6.8 Postnatal Care (Safe Sleeping) NICE  
1.6.9 Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyberbullying (DfE)  
1.6.10 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Radicalisation and Violence  
1.6.11 Female Genital Mutilation - Berkshire SCB  

Missing Children


Slough SCB Cue Cards





1.7.1 Complaints Procedure  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records for Looked After Children  
2.3 Access to Records  
2.4 Integrated Children's System (ICS) Guides  
2.5 Caseload Weighting Scheme Guidance Notes  

Retention and Destruction of Service User Records

(Please note the requirements on data retention of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).
  Please also see: SCS Trust Fostering Agency – Procedure on Maintaining, Storing and Accessing Records  
2.7 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  

3. Prevention and Family Support

3.1 Child in Need Panel Terms of Reference  
3.2 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.3 Private Fostering Statement of Purpose  
3.4 Private Fostering  
3.5 Getting It Right for 16 and 17 Year Olds Approaching as Homeless - A joint protocol between Slough Children's Services Trust 's children's service and housing service  
3.6 Family Group Conferences  
3.7 Section 17 Payments  
3.8 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
3.9 Young Carers  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children's Disability Service  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks  
4.1.4 Multi - agency Protocols for Transition from Childhood to Adulthood for Vulnerable Young People  
4.1.5 Transition Forum Terms of Reference - Young People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities and/or Complex Health Needs  
4.1.6 Leaving Care Protocol for Young People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities  
4.1.7 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Children Policy  


Age Assessment

  ADCS Good Practice Documents (Age Assessment)  
  Model Information Sharing Proforma - Outcome of Age Assessment  
  Slough Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child Template  
4.2.3 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
4.2.4 Independent Family Returns Panel  
4.2.5 On the Safe Side: Principles for the Safe Accommodation of Child Victims of Trafficking (ECPAT)  
  See also: Chapter 1.6.6, Cross-Border Child Protection Cases  

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

  Please also Notifications: Becoming Looked After  
5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Ceasing to Look After A Child  
5.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.5 Permanence Policy  
5.1.6 Permanent Placement of Black and Ethnic Minority Children Policy  
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  
5.1.11 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.1.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.13 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.14 Placements with Parents  
5.1.15 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.16 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.1.17 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.18 Notification of Significant Events  
5.1.19 Placing Sibling Groups  



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 Reviews Updated
5.2.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.2.6 IRO Handbook  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Contact For Looked After Children/Children Who Require Supervised Contact  
5.3.3 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  




5.4.1 Virtual School  
  SLA for Virtual School  
  Bullying Procedure  
  Personal Education Planning - Process and Responsibilities  
  Promoting the Education of Looked After Children in Early Years  
  Pupil Premium Policy  
  Protocols for Choosing the Right School for a Slough Child in Care  
  The Role and Responsibilities of the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children  



School Trips and Holidays

5.5.1 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.5.2 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

  Please also see the Step by Step Guide for Notifications, Becoming Looked After and Organising Initial Health Assessments.  
5.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
5.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  




5.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child Updated
5.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Safeguarding Looked After Children

5.8.1 Children Missing from Home or Care (Berkshire LSCB Child Protection Procedures)  



Leaving Care and Transition

  Care Leavers Charter (DfE)  
5.9.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.9.2 Financial Support to Children and Young People Leaving Care  
5.9.3 Leaving Care Protocol for Young People with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities  
5.9.4 Staying Put  
5.9.5 Pathways - Looked After Children approaching their 18th birthday  
5.9.6 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.9.7 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation.  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Safety for Children Placed in the Homes of Slough Borough Approved Adopters and All Foster Carers (including Home from Home, Short Breaks Scheme) and in Vehicles used to Transport the Child  
6.1.1 Family Placement Service Schedule of Payments to Carers of all Types  
6.1.2 Guidance to Accompany Financial Assessment  
6.1.3 Financial Assessment Form  
6.1.4 Financial Declaration Form Guidance - Application for Regular Allowances from Family Placement Service  



Fostering Services

6.2.1 Fostering Statement of Purpose  
6.2.2 SCS Trust Fostering Agency – Procedure on Maintaining, Storing and Accessing Records  
6.2.3 Fostering Panel  
6.2.4 Slough Children's Services Trust Fostering (SCST) Panel (Working Draft)  
6.2.5 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.2.6 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Updated
6.2.7 Exemptions from the Usual Fostering Limit  
6.2.8 Extension / Variation to the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval  
6.2.9 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.2.10 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.2.11 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.2.12 Foster Carers Record Keeping and Retention  
6.2.13 File Audit Tool  
6.2.14 Friends, Family and Connected Persons Policy  
6.2.15 Pocket Money and Savings for Looked After Children  
6.2.16 Control and Sanctions in Foster Care  
6.2.17 Staying Over Policy  
6.2.18 Safe Caring Policy  
6.2.19 Preparing a Child for a Foster Placement Policy  
6.2.20 Supported Lodgings Policy (Draft)  
6.2.21 Regulation 24 Placements  
6.2.22 Short Breaks - Home From Home  
6.2.23 Smoking Policy  
6.2.24 Outline Business Continuity Plan  
6.2.25 Social Networking Sites Policy  
6.2.26 Procedures for the Parent and Child Foster Placement  
6.2.27 Parent and Child foster Care - Policy, Placement Preparation, Practice and Protocol  
6.2.28 Fostering Scheme - Information Leaflet  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters Procedure.  
6.2.29 Pets in Foster Carers Homes  



Adoption and Permanence

  Adoption Agency Policy  
6.3.1 Customer Care Standards for Adoption  
6.3.2 Berkshire Adoption Advisory Service  
6.3.3 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.3.4 Statement of Purpose  
6.3.5 Life Appreciation Day  
6.3.6 Adoption Panel  
6.3.7 Placement for Adoption Updated
6.3.8 Adoption Support  
6.3.9 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.3.10 Adoption Reviews  
6.3.11 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.3.12 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters  
6.3.13 Inter Country Adoption  
6.3.14 Non Agency Adoption  
6.3.15 Adoption Case Records  
6.3.16 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.3.17 Intermediary Services  
6.3.18 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
6.3.19 Court Reports and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  
6.3.20 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.3.21 Later Life Letters  
6.3.22 Birth Parents Services  
6.3.23 Quality Assurance and Monitoring  
6.3.24 Complaints  
6.3.25 Disaster Recovery Plan  
6.3.26 Adoption Guidance for Duty  
6.3.27 Prospective Adopters Chronology Guidance  
6.3.28 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  

7. Handy Hints - Brief Practice Guides

7.1 Capturing the Voice of the Child in Social Work Assessments  
7.2 Smart Planning in Social Work  
7.3 Taking Contacts and Referrals  
7.4 Risk Assessment Aide Memoir  
7.5 Analysis Critical Thinking and Practice Wisdom in Assessments  
7.6 Children in Need Standards New

8. Appendices

8.1 Local Contacts  
8.2 Scheme of Delegation  
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
8.4 Amendments