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Hillingdon Children and Families 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. Services for Children in Need
  3. Looked After Children
  4. Adoption and Permanence
  5. Private Fostering
  6. Children With Disabilities and Special Educational Needs
  7. Children From Abroad
  8. Protocols
  9. Youth Justice
  10. Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Introduction and Policy Framework

 
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1.1.1 Foreword and Introduction  
1.1.2 Policy Framework, Values and Principles of Recording, Confidentiality and Consultation  
1.1.3 Kinship Care Policy  
1.1.4 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.5 Capacity and Consent  

   

1.2

Early Help and Family Support

 
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1.2.1 Transporting Children  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  

   

1.3

Assessment and Planning

 
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1.3.1 Threshold Document: Continuum of Help and Support  
1.3.2 Referral and Assessment
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
  See also: Interagency Referral Form  
1.3.3 Assessments  
1.3.4 MASH Protocol  
1.3.5 Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
1.3.6 Strategy Meeting / Discussion
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures, Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries)
 
1.3.7 Practice Guidance for Core Groups  

   

1.4

Safeguarding Children

 
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  See London Safeguarding Children Procedures  
1.4.1 Domestic Abuse
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
1.4.2 Sexually Active Children
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 
1.4.3 Death of or Serious Injury to a Child  
1.4.4 Notifications by Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers of Looked After Children Placed in Hillingdon - under review  
1.4.5 Protocol for Reviewing Children who have been Placed by Health and Education Authorities  
1.4.6 Assessing Children and Families Affected by Individuals Viewing Child Sexual Abuse Images on the Internet (Guidelines published by the London Safeguarding Children Board)  
1.4.7 Safer Recruitment Model Policy and Procedures (produced by the Hillingdon Safeguarding Children Partnership Board)  
1.4.8 Cross Border Child Protection Cases Under the Hague Convention  
1.4.9 Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home or Care  
1.4.10 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  

   

1.5

Court/Legal Proceedings

 
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1.5.1 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings New
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline - under review Updated
1.5.3 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.4 Children and Families and Legal Services Protocol - under review  
  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.  

   

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints Procedure
(Hillingdon Council)
 
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
  Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and employers in Health and Social Care (2014)  
  Whistleblowing to Ofsted about Children’s Social Care Services  

   

1.7

Allocation of Work

 
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1.7.1 Transfer Protocol for Cases within Hillingdon's Children's Services  
1.7.2 Children and Families Moving across Local Authority Boundaries
(London Safeguarding Children Procedures)
 

   

1.8

Children's Records

 
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1.8.1 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated
1.8.2 Retention and Destruction of Children's Records  
1.8.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
1.8.4 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff Updated
1.8.5 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  


2. Services for Children in Need

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2.1 Child in Need Arrangements  
2.2 Section 17 Support for Kinship Arrangements  
2.3 Young Carers  


3. Looked After Children

3.1

Policy and Planning and Decision Making in Relation to Looked After Children

 
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3.1.1 Decision to Look After, Care and Placement Planning Updated
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  
3.1.2 Ceasing to Look After a Child Updated
3.1.3 Permanency Policy and Permanence Planning Procedure - under review  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
3.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
3.1.5 Financial Agreement in Children's Placements and the Role of the Access to Resources Panel  
3.1.6 Multi Agency Panel for Children with Complex, Multiple and High Level Needs  
3.1.7 Residential Care - Operational Policy  
3.1.8 Care Plans Guidance  
3.1.9 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  

   

3.2

Placements

 
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3.2.1 Emergency Placements  
3.2.2 Placement in Foster Care Updated
3.2.3 Placement in Residential Care Updated
3.2.4 Placement in Secure Accommodation  
3.2.5 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.6 Placement with Parents Updated
3.2.7 Immediate Placements with Connected Persons (under Regulation 24 of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010) and their Approval as Foster Carers  
3.2.8 Out of Area Placements  
3.2.9 Placement Outside England and Wales  
  See also: Kinship Care Policy  
  and Notifications by Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers of Looked After Children Placed in Hillingdon  
  and S-Flagging on NHS Database of Looked After Children  
3.2.10 Placements in Other Arrangements New

   

3.3

Reviews

 
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3.3.1 Looked After Reviews  
3.3.2 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
3.3.3 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  

   

3.4

Behaviour Management

 
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3.4.1 Behaviour Management, Discipline/Sanctions and Physical Intervention for All Looked After Children Updated
3.4.2 Reduce Offending and the Criminalisation of Children in Care  

   

3.5

Education

 
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3.5.1 Hillingdon Virtual School Handbook  
3.5.2 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
3.5.3 Personal Education Allowances for Looked after Children  
3.5.4 Guidelines for Promoting the Educational Achievements of Looked After Children  
3.5.5 Access to Computer and Information Communication Technologies (including the Internet)  

   

3.6

Recreation, Holidays and Activities

 
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3.6.1 Leisure and Activities  
3.6.2 Access to Computer and Internet Technologies Strategy  
3.6.3 Holidays and School Trips in and outside the UK  
3.6.4 Identity and Passport Service Guidance re Applications for Passports for Looked After Children  

   

3.7

Health and Wellbeing

 
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3.7.1 Drugs and Substance Misuse (including Smoking)  
3.7.2 Administration of Medication to Looked After Children  
  See also: Medication and Medical Interventions Policy (Residential Services)  
3.7.3 Health and Wellbeing Policy  
3.7.4 Infestations  
3.7.5 Self Harming  
3.7.6 Nutrition and Diet  
3.7.7 Improving the Mental Health of Children in Care - the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire  
3.7.8 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 New
3.7.9 BAAF Practice Note No 53 - Guidelines for the Testing of Looked After Children who are at risk of a Blood-Borne Infection  
3.7.10 S-Flagging on NHS Database of Looked After Children  

3.7.11

Sexual Health

 
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  Sex and Personal Relationships  
  Confidentiality Guidelines Regarding Personal Relationships and Sexual Health of Looked After Children  
  Provision of Contraception and Contraceptive Advice to Children in Care  
  Good Practice Guidance concerning Issues of Equality, Diversity and Sexuality for Looked After Children  

   

3.8

Family Contacts, Visitors and Friends

 
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3.8.1 Contact with Parents / Adults and Siblings Updated
3.8.2 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  

   

3.9

Foster Carers

 
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  Fostering Services National Minimum Standards  
3.9.1 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
3.9.2 Fostering Panel  
3.9.3 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
3.9.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
3.9.5 Support and Supervision of Foster Carers  
3.9.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
3.9.7 Foster Carers Recording Policy  
3.9.8 Safe Caring - Guidance  
3.9.9 BAAF Practice Note No 51 - Reducing the Risk of Environmental Tobacco Smoke for Looked After Children and their Carers  
  See also: Foster Care 'Staying Put' Scheme Post 18  
3.9.10 Hillingdon Pathways to Short Breaks - under review  

   

3.10

Leaving Care

 
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  Care Leavers Charter  
3.10.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
3.10.2 Foster Care 'Staying Put' Scheme Post 18  
3.10.3 Registration for National Insurance  
3.10.4 Leaving Care Financial Policy  

   

3.11

Incidents

 
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3.11.1 Dealing with Incidents of Racial Harassment  
3.11.2 Contacting the Police  
3.11.3 Anti-Bullying Policy  
3.11.4 Searching Children and their Belongings  
3.11.5 Notification of Significant Events  
3.11.6 Incidents - General  

   

3.12

Monitoring Quality and Providing Support

 
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3.12.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
3.12.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
3.12.3 Monitoring Quality in Children's Homes  

   

3.13

Privacy and Personal Care

 
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3.13.1 Children's Bedrooms  
3.13.2 Hair and Skin Care  
3.13.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.13.4 Touch Guidance  
3.13.5 Pocket Money and Allowances  
3.13.6 Telephones, Mobile Phones and Letters  

   

3.14

Miscellaneous

 
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3.14.1 Change of Name  
3.14.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership  
3.14.3 Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Looked After Children  
3.14.4 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  


4. Adoption and Permanence

4.1

Adoption

 
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  Adoption National Minimum Standards  
  Note All adoption enquiries, assessment and panel are now managed by Coram – ambitions for adoption.  
4.1.1 Placement for Adoption - under review  
4.1.2 Adoption Support  
4.1.3 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.4 Adoption Reviews  
4.1.5 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.6 Allegations against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
4.1.7 Inter-Country Adoption  
4.1.8 Non-agency Adoptions  
4.1.9 Adoption Case Records  
4.1.10 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records - under review  
4.1.11 Intermediary Services  
  See also: S-Flagging on NHS Database of Looked After Children  
4.1.12 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  

   

4.2

Other Permanence Options

 
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4.2.1 Special Guardianship Orders - under review  
4.2.2 Child Arrangement Orders and Child Arrangement Allowances  

   

4.3

General

 
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4.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
4.3.2 Later Life Letters  
4.3.3 Life Story Books  


5. Private Fostering

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5.1 Private Fostering  


6. Children With Disabilities and Special Educational Needs

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6.1 Children with Disabilities Team  
6.2 Short breaks - Hillingdon Council  
6.3 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
6.4 School transport for children and young people with SEND - Hillingdon Council  
6.5 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  


7. Children From Abroad

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7.1 Children with No Recourse to Public Funds  
7.2 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
7.3 Data Sharing with the UK Visas and Immigration Regarding Children from Abroad  
7.4 On the Safe Side – Principles for the Safe Accommodation of Child Victims of Trafficking (ECPAT Briefing)  


8. Protocols

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8.1 Protocol Relating to Jointly Funded Placements for Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Complex Health Needs  
8.2 Joint Protocol between Home Office and ADSS re Age Assessments (December 2005)  
8.3 Joint Protocol between Disabilities Teams and Children and Families Teams  
8.4 London Borough of Hillingdon and Hillingdon Borough Police Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE Implementation  


9. Youth Justice

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  Youth Justice Board Standards - National Standards for Youth Justice Services  

   

9.1

Policies

 
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9.1.1 Information Sharing Policy  

   

9.2

Procedures

 
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9.2.1 Court Duty Admin Procedures and Guidelines  
9.2.2 Duty Senior  
9.2.3 Duty System  
9.2.4 Managing Risk to Staff from Clients  

   

9.3

Practice Guidance

 
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9.3.1 Appeals  
9.3.2 Crown Court Cases  
9.3.3 Detention and Training Orders  
9.3.4 Parenting Contracts and Parenting Orders  
9.3.5 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
 

See the following related Process Charts in the Documents Library:

 
9.3.6 Placement Transfers  
9.3.7 Youth Out-of-Court Disposal Guide - YJB  
9.3.8 Out of Court Disposals Practice Guidance - Hillingdon Youth Offending Service  
9.3.9 Referral Order Guidance – YJB  
9.3.10 Case Management Guidance YJB  
9.3.11 National Standards Youth Justice Service – YJB  
9.3.12 Placement Information Form (PIF) Guidance – YJB  
9.3.13 Placement Review Guidance – YJB  
9.3.14 Completing the Placement Review Form Guidance and Tips 2 (YJB)  
9.3.15 Placement Review Form 3 (YJB)  
9.3.16 Requesting Additional Licence Conditions – YJB  
9.3.17 Practice Advice Extended Supervision – YJB  
9.3.18 Practitioners Guide to Injunctions to Prevent Gang Related Violence – YJB  

   

9.4

National Protocols

 
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9.4.1 Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  
9.4.2 YJB National Protocol for Case Responsibility  
9.4.3 Community Safeguarding and Public Protection Incidents (CSPPI) - Standard Operating Procedures for Youth Offending Teams: Notification and Learning  
9.4.4 YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  

   

9.5

Local Protocols

 
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9.5.1 Hillingdon Accommodating Offenders Protocol - Joint Protocol between the London Borough of Hillingdon, London Probation Provider (Hillingdon) and Hillingdon Youth Offending Service  
9.5.2 Protocol between Hillingdon Youth Offending Service and the Hillingdon Education Service governing services to school age offenders  
9.5.3 Protocol for the Working Relationship between the Youth Offending Service and the Children's Social Care  
9.5.4 Protocol with the Police and Emergency Duty Team re Appropriate Adult Provision  
9.5.5 Working Arrangements between the Police and Hillingdon Youth Offending Service  


10. Appendices

10.1 Delegated Budgetary Authority  
10.2 Local Contacts  
10.3 Local Keywords  
10.4 Designated Managers  
10.5 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
10.6 NICE Guidelines 'When to suspect child maltreatment'  
10.7 Amendments  

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