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10.4 Designated Managers

See also Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Procedure.

NOTE

Consent to life-ending withdrawal of medical support for a child will require an application to the High Court even if all relevant parties are in agreement. Legal advice must be sought as a matter of urgency.

AMENDMENT

This listing was updated in December 2021.


Authorisations

NOTE

This section outlines the circumstances where managers have delegated authority to approve certain decisions.

These arrangements do not replace the line management communication or authorisation structure; in all cases, it is assumed that managers and line managers will be consulted or notified as appropriate.

Designated Managers are those managers who should additionally be consulted or notified.

  1. Agency Decision Maker
  2. Adoption and Permanency Panel Appointments
  3. Adoption Support
  4. Care Plans
  5. Care Proceedings
  6. Change of Name
  7. Emergency Protection Orders
  8. Emigration
  9. Fostering Panel Appointments
  10. Marriage / Civil Partnership of LAC
  11. Passports and Holidays Abroad
  12. Placement Orders
  13. Placement with Parents
  14. Placements in Foster Care
  15. Out of Area Placements
  16. Private Fostering
  17. Secure Accommodation Placements
  18. Special Guardianship Support
  19. Variation from Fostering Limit
  20. Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and In Need)

Agency Decision Maker

The Agency Decision Maker who makes decisions based on recommendations of the Fostering Panel and the Adoption and Permanency Panel.

Director, Children's Social Care

Adoption and Permanency Panel Appointments

The Manager who must authorise Panel Appointments

Designated Manager(s):

Director, Children's Social Care

Adoption Support

The manager who must authorise proposed financial support

Designated Manager(s):

Director, Children's Social Care

Care Plans
See Care Plans Guidance and Decision to Look After, Care and Placement Planning Procedure

The manager who must approve Care Plans in relation to Accommodated Children

Designated Manager(s): 

Head of Service

Care Proceedings

The manager who may authorise a Care Plan in relation to Care Proceedings

Designated Manager:

Head of Service

Change of Name
See Change of Name Procedure

The manager who may authorise the taking of court proceedings where parental agreement is not forthcoming

Designated Manager(s): 

Corporate Director, Social Care

Decision to Look After
See Decision to Look After

The Manager who is authorised to decide that a child should be Looked After

Designated Manager(s): 

Head of Service

Emergency Protection Orders
See Applications for Emergency Protection Orders Procedure

The Manager who is authorised to decide that an application for an Emergency Protection Order be made

Designated Manager (s):

Head of Service

Emigration
See Placement Outside England and Wales Procedure

Designated Manager(s): 

Director, Children's Social Care

Fostering Panel Appointments
See Fostering Panel Procedure

Appointment of the Chair of Fostering Panel:

Director, Children's Social Care / Head of Service Children's Resources

Marriage / Civil Partnershipof LAC
See Marriage/Civil Partnership Procedure

Designated Manager(s):

Corporate Director, Social Care

Passports and Holidays Abroad
See Holidays and School Trips in and outside the UK

Passports for Looked After Children, the manager who may authorise passports

Designated Manager(s): 

Head of Service.

Placement Orders
See Placement for Adoption

Designated Manager(s):

Director, Children's Social Care

Placement with Parents
See Placement with Parents Procedure

The Manager who may authorise Placements with Parents

Designated Manager(s):

Director, Children's Social Care

Placements in Foster Care
See Placement in Foster Care

The Manager who may authorise Placements in Foster Care

Designated Manager:

Head of Service

Out of Area Placements
See Out of Area Placements

The Manager who may authorise out of area placements in adjoining Local Authorities

Designated Manager:

Head of Service

The Manager who may authorise out of area placements beyond adjoining Local Authorities

Designated Manager:

Head of Service
Private Fostering
See Private Fostering Procedure

The Manager who may authorise approvals and oversees all matters in relation to Private Foster Carers

Designated Manager(s): 

Head of Service

Secure Accommodation Placements

See Placements in Secure Accommodation Procedure and Emergency Placements Procedure.

The Manager who may authorise that a child be placed in secure accommodation for up to 72 hours.

Designated Manager(s): 

Director, Children's Social Care

Special Guardianship Support
See Special Guardianship Orders Procedure

The manager who must approve Special Guardianship Support Plans and applications for Special Guardianship Orders

Designated Manager(s)

Director, Children's Social Care

Variation from Fostering Limit
See Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval Procedure

Approval of recommendation of Fostering Panel to exceed the usual limit

Designated Manager: 

Director, Children's Social Care

Approval of Interim Variation

Designated Manager: 

Director, Children's Social Care

Death of Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After or in the Community)

See Death of or Serious Injury to a Child Procedure

Designated Manager:

Director, Children's Safeguarding and Quality Assurance

(Also see Hillingdon Children, Young People and Families website.)

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