Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual

Nottingham City Children's Services Procedures Manual: Contents

November 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, Recording and Supervision
  3. Prevention and Support Services
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Looked After Services
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. How to Guides
  8. Appendices

1. All Children


Policies, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Integrated Services Policies, Priorities and Principles Updated
1.1.2 Confidentiality Policy Updated
1.1.3 Consultation Policy  
1.1.4 Family and Friends Care Policy  



CAF and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Nottingham City Children's Partnership Family Support Pathway 2016 - 2017  
1.2.2 Family Support Strategy  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Nottingham City Protocol for Children's Assessment  
1.3.2 Assessment Under the Children Act 1989 - Working Together 2015  
1.3.3 Integrated Working and Case Transfer Procedure  
1.3.4 Hospital Discharge Planning (NCSCB)  
1.3.5 Safeguarding Babies at Birth and Young Infants (NSCB)  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Court Proceedings  
1.4.3 Protocol for Reducing Delay in Care Proceedings in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City  
    Annex A: Form for Completion at CMC and IRH  
    Annex Bi: Draft Case Management Order  
    Annex Bii: Draft Initial Directions Order  
    Annex Biii: Draft Issues Resolution Hearing Order  
    Annex C: Scott Schedule  
    Annex D: Witness Template  
1.4.4 Public Law Outline  
1.4.5 Legal Planning Meeting  
1.4.6 Protocol and Good Practice Model - Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings  




1.5.1 Unexpected Death or Serious Injury to a Child Updated
1.5.2 Cross Border Child Protection Cases  
1.5.3 Mobile Children and Families Policy - Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board  
1.5.4 Children who go Missing from Home, Care or Education (Local Practice Guidance)  
    Children Missing from Home and Care Joint Protocol  
1.5.5 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation  
1.5.6 Joint Protocol with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services  



Complaints, Whistleblowing and Dispute Resolution

1.6.1 Complaints Procedure  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing  
1.6.3 Child Protection Dispute Resolution Policy New
1.6.4 Children in Care Dispute Resolution Policy New

2. Case Management, Recording and Supervision

2.1 Recording Policy Updated
2.2 Case Records and Retention Updated
2.3 Access to Files Policy and Procedure for Approved Organisations  
2.4 ESCR Restrictions Policy  
2.5 Supervision Policy and Procedure Updated
2.6 Unallocated Cases Guidance  
2.7 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations Updated

3. Prevention and Support Services

3.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.2 Private Fostering  
3.3 Guide for Professionals in Accessing Social Care Services  
3.4 Provision of Accommodation to Homeless 16 & 17 Year Olds: Protocol with Housing  
3.5 Be Independent At Home: Adaptations Protocol  
3.6 Undertaking Statutory and Non Statutory Visits to Child/ren Involved in Child Protection Processes or Subject to Child Protection Plans and those who are Children in Need (Nottingham City Protocol)  



Going Home

3.7.1 Going Home Toolkit  
3.7.2 Going Home Toolkit and Guidance Notes  



Disabled Children

3.8.1 Children's Disability Service Updated
3.8.2 Direct Payment Policy  
3.8.3 Direct Payment Procedure  
3.8.4 Chronically Sick and Disabled Person's Act 1970 for Disabled Children  
3.8.5 Short Breaks - Threshold and Access Criteria  
3.8.6 Carers Assessments of Parents/Carers for Disabled Children  
3.8.7 Integrated Community Equipment Service  
3.8.8 Environmental Restraint Policy and Procedures  
    Environmental Restraint Policy - Home Safety Risk Assessment  
3.8.9 Occupational Therapy Services Procedure  
3.8.10 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children from Abroad

4.1.1 Data Sharing with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) Regarding Children from Abroad  
4.1.2 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.1.3 Policy and Practice Guidance in Respect of Those With No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)  



Young Carers

4.2.1 Young Carers Pathway  



Relinquished Children

4.3.1 Relinquished Children Updated



Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.4.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.4.2 Mental Capacity Act  

5. Looked After Services


Planning for Children Looked After

5.1.1 Decision to Look After and Care Planning Updated
5.1.2 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.3 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.4 Placement Planning (72 Hour Meeting)  
5.1.5 Delegation of Responsibility to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
5.1.6 Ceasing to Look After a Child  




5.2.1 Placements in Foster Care  
5.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
5.2.3 Placements in Residential Care  
5.2.4 Out of Area Placements  
5.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.2.6 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.2.7 Placements with Parents  
5.2.8 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.2.9 Notification of Placements from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
5.2.10 Placement Panel Form  
5.2.11 Joint Protocol Regarding Looked After Children and Young People Placed out of Nottingham  



Contracting with Providers

5.3.1 Protocol for Managing Placement Contract  
5.3.2 Protocol for Spot Purchasing an Unknown Provider  
5.3.3 Protocol to Address Concerns about Provider  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.4.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care Updated
5.4.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.4.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.4.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
5.4.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.4.6 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
5.4.7 Notification of Significant Events  



Contact and Overnight Stays

5.5.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
5.5.2 Social Visits and Overnight Stays  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

5.6.1 Education of Looked After Children  
5.6.2 Holidays and School/Organisational Visits in the UK  
5.6.3 Holidays and School/Organisational Visits Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

5.7.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans Updated
5.7.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.7.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
5.7.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
5.7.5 Sexual Health  
5.7.6 Disability Living Allowance  




5.8.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
5.8.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

  Charter for Care Leavers  
5.9.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
5.9.2 Children in Care and Leaving Care Financial Policy  
5.9.3 Care Leavers Financial Entitlements - Higher Education Bursary  
5.9.4 Responsibility of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
5.9.5 Personal Advisor - Protocol  
5.9.6 Transfer of Case Holding Between Qualified Social Worker and Personal Advisor When the Child Ceases to be Looked After  
5.9.7 Pathway Planning  
5.9.8 Qualifying Young Person  
5.9.9 Contact with Ex-Care Leavers  
5.9.10 Hardship Payments Policy  
5.9.11 Independence Policy - Setting Up a Home  
5.9.12 National Insurance Numbers for Children in Care  
5.9.13 Personal Adviser to 25 Years Policy  

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.3 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Review of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.8 Foster Carers - Firearms, Shotguns and Ammunition  
6.1.9 Foster Carers Adopting  
6.1.10 Staying Put  
6.1.11 Safeguarding and Safe Caring  
6.1.12 Bedroom Sharing Policy and Procedure  
6.1.13 Bullying in Foster Care - Policy and Procedure  
6.1.14 Pre-Approval Training for Prospective Foster Carers and Adopters  
6.1.15 Post Approval Training for Foster Carers and Adopters Pre Order  
6.1.16 Unauthorised Absence of Children from Their Foster Placement  
6.1.17 Substance Misuse (Foster Care)  
6.1.18 Fostering Disruption Meeting  
6.1.19 Care and Control Policy Statement  
6.1.20 Foster Carer Payments Policy  
6.1.21 Fostering Rates and Allowances  
6.1.22 Foster Carer Equipment Guidance  
6.1.23 Foster Carer File Audit Template  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  



Adoption and Permanence

6.2.1 Adoption Panel Updated
6.2.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.4 Adoption Support  
6.2.5 Financial Support for Adopters (Practice Guidance)  
6.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements Updated
6.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placement for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.10 Inter-Country Adoption  
6.2.11 Non-Agency Adoption  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records - under review Updated
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
6.2.15 Placement of Siblings for Adoption  
6.2.16 Placement of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Mixed Ethnicity Children for Adoption  
6.2.17 Adopters Fostering Specific Children  
6.2.18 Special Guardianship Policy and Procedure  
6.2.19 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
6.2.20 Life Story Books Guidance  
6.2.21 Later Life Letters  
6.2.22 ADCS/CAFCASS Protocol for Children Relinquished for Adoption  
6.2.23 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
6.2.24 Health & Safety Guidance for Adopters  
  See also: Pre-Approval Training for Prospective Foster Carers and Adopters  
  Post Approval Training for Foster Carers and Adopters Pre Order  

7. How to Guides

The content of these guides has been produced by Nottingham City Council.

7.1 How to Guide: Adoption  
7.2 How to Guide: Permanent Foster Carer  
7.3 How to Guide: Placement with Parents  
7.4 How to Guide: Residence Orders  
7.5 How to Guide: Special Guardianship  

8. Appendices

8.1 Local Contacts Updated
8.2 Holidays and School/Organisational Visit - Leaders Checklist  
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
8.4 Designated Managers  
8.5 Social Business Process Training Manual - My Nottingham Intranet Link  
8.6 Amendments