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  1. All Children
  2. Preventive and Supportive Services
  3. Children in Care
  4. Adoption and Permanence
  5. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy, Values, Principles and Practice Standards

1.1.1 Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Family Support and Child Protection Practice Standards  
1.1.3 Advanced Practitioner Working Protocol  
1.1.4 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.5 Equality and Diversity  
1.1.6 Confidentiality Policy  
1.1.7 Capacity and Consent  



Referrals, Assessments and Planning

  See also: What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused (DfE)  
1.2.1 A Framework for Making Safeguarding Decisions in Kirklees (Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership)  
1.2.2 Contacts and Referrals  
1.2.3 Practitioner Assessment Resource Pack  
1.2.4 Written Agreements with Families  
1.2.5 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.2.6 Contingency Planning  
1.2.7 Emergency Duty Service Request for Assessment from Daytime Services  
1.2.8 Family Support and Protection Service Responsibilities to Children in Need, Children Subject to Child Protection Plans and Children subject to Supervision Orders or Care Orders  
1.2.9 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases  
1.2.10 Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings  
1.2.11 Person Posing a Risk to Children Assessment  
1.2.12 Accumulation of Minor Injuries Protocol  



Pre-Birth Assessment Procedures

1.3.1 Pre-Birth Assessments Procedure  
1.3.2 Pregnant Looked After Young People  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.4.2 Legal Gateway Panel Process  
1.4.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.4.4 Family Justice Council MARAC Guidance  
1.4.5 Court Practice and Expectations of Legal Staff  
1.4.6 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  See also: Cross-border child protection cases: the 1996 Hague Convention (DfE)  
  and 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

  See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Online Safeguarding Children Procedures  
1.5.1 Death of, or Serious Injury to a Child in the Community or a Child in Care  
1.5.2 Activities  
1.5.3 Transporting Children  
1.5.4 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
1.5.5 Families with No Recourse to Public Funding  
1.5.6 Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be Homeless and/or require Accommodation; and Duty to Refer  
1.5.7 Local Missing Children Procedure for all Kirklees Looked After Children  
1.5.8 Local Missing Children Procedure for all Non-LAC Children and Out of Area LAC Living in Kirklees  
1.5.9 Working with Uncooperative and Hard to Engage Families  
1.5.10 Kirklees Prevent - Channel Referral Guidance for Concerns Relating to Extremism and/or Radicalisation  
1.5.11 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Exploitation
(West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Procedures)
1.5.12 Child Protection Resolution Process  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Children and Young People's Service Complaints  
1.6.2 Independent Reporting of Concerns at Work – Kirklees Council Whistleblowing Policy  



Allocation of Work

1.7.1 Case Accountability and Transfer of Cases  
1.7.2 Protocol for the Transfer of Cases  



Case Management and Recording

1.8.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
1.8.2 Retention and Destruction of Records  
1.8.3 Access to Records  
1.8.4 Information Sharing  
1.8.5 Protocol for the Disclosure of Personal Data Relating to Criminal Offences  
1.8.6 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations  
1.8.7 Storage of Data on Electronic Devices  
1.8.8 Information Security Incidents  
1.8.9 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  

2. Preventive and Supportive Services


Children in Need

2.1.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
2.1.2 Private Fostering  
2.1.3 Working with Interpreters  
2.1.4 Provision of Financial Assistance Including Section 17 Payments, Exceptional Payments to LAC and Casework Expenses  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Support for Children and Families

2.2.1 Short Breaks  
2.2.2 Young Carers  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

2.3.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
2.3.2 Mental Capacity  



Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs

2.4.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
2.4.2 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  

3. Children in Care

  See also: Children in Care Pledge  


Planning for Children in Care

3.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
3.1.2 Decision to Look After Updated
3.1.3 Care Planning New
3.1.4 Kirklees Council Family and Friends (Connected Person) Policy  
3.1.5 Placement Team  
3.1.6 Placement Referrals Duty Procedure  
3.1.7 Permanency Planning Meetings and Permanency Panels  
3.1.8 Permanence Planning Guidance  
3.1.9 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
3.1.10 Procedure for Family Finding for Looked after Children and Young People requiring Permanency via Long Term Foster Care  
3.1.11 Section 20 Accommodation and Agreement  
3.1.12 Care Plans Guidance  
3.1.13 Procedure where the Local Authority is Ceasing to Look After a Child  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  




3.2.1 Placements in Foster Care Updated
3.2.2 Practice Guidance for Connected Persons  
3.2.3 Placements in Residential Care Updated
  See also: Kirklees Children's Homes Online Procedures  
3.2.4 Obtaining an External Residential Placement  
3.2.5 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
3.2.6 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Updated
3.2.7 Placements with Parents  
3.2.8 Placements Outside England and Wales  
3.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities / Placement Providers  
3.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
3.2.11 Out of Area Placements  
3.2.12 Placements in Other Arrangements  



Monitoring Placements

3.3.1 Social Worker Visits  
3.3.2 Policy for Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) Visits to Looked After Children  
3.3.3 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  




3.4.1 Looked After Reviews  
3.4.2 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
3.4.3 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
3.4.4 Dispute Resolution Process for Children in Care  
  See also: Child Protection Resolution Process  



Contact with Family and Friends

3.5.1 Contact With Parents/Adults and Siblings Updated
3.5.2 Social Visits (Including Over Night Stays)  



Education, Leisure, Holidays and School Trips

3.6.1 Education of Children with a Social Worker, Children in Care and Children Previously in Care Updated
3.6.2 Personal Education Plans  
3.6.3 Holidays and School/Organisational Trips inside and Outside the UK  
3.6.4 Leisure and Activities  
3.6.5 Passports for Looked After Children  



Health and Wellbeing

3.7.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Plans  
3.7.2 Drugs and Substance Misuse (Including Smoking)  
3.7.3 Administration of Medication  
3.7.4 GP's, Dentists and Opticians  
3.7.5 Sexual Health  
3.7.6 Self Harming  
3.7.7 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health 1983 Updated



Privacy and Personal Care

3.8.1 Children's Bedrooms  
3.8.2 Hair and Skin Care  
3.8.3 Physical Contact and Intimate Care  
3.8.4 Touch Guidance  



Behaviour Management

3.9.1 Sanctions  
3.9.2 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint Updated
3.9.3 Countering Bullying  




3.10.1 Contacting the Police  
3.10.2 Searching Children and Their Belongings  
3.10.3 Incidents Guidance  
3.10.4 Notifications of Significant Events  



Foster Carers

3.11.1 Kirklees Fostering Panel Handbook  
3.11.2 Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
3.11.3 Behaviour Management Policy For the Fostering Service  
3.11.4 Confidentiality Policy for Foster Carers  
3.11.5 Fostering Exemptions and Extensions/Variation to the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval  
3.11.6 Amending the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval  
3.11.7 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
3.11.8 Supervision of Foster Carers  
3.11.9 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
3.11.10 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
3.11.11 Foster Carer Post Allegation Review of Approval  
3.11.12 Conducting Family/Friend Carer Fostering Assessments  
3.11.13 Procedure to Support Foster Carers through Practice Issues  
  See also: Procedure for Family Finding for Looked after Children and Young People requiring Permanency via Long Term Foster Care  
  and Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption (One Adoption)  



Leaving Care and Transition to Adulthood

3.12.1 Leaving Care and Transition Updated
3.12.2 Get a National Insurance Number for a Looked After Child  
3.12.3 Financial Assistance for Looked After Children Aged 16 and Over and for Young People who have Left Care  
3.12.4 Placement in Supported Lodgings  
3.12.5 Staying Put Policy  



Youth Offending

  See also: Youth Justice Board - Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System  
  and YJB and Probation Joint National Protocol for Transitions in England  
3.13.1 Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
3.13.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.13.3 Procedure Governing Roles and Responsibilities Between the Youth Offending Team and Child Protection and Family Support Service  
3.13.4 Protocol for the Allocation of Young People within YOT and the Children in Care/Leaving Care Teams subject to Court Ordered Secure Remands and Placed into Secure Training Centres and Secure Children's Homes  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
  National Appropriate Adult website  
  Probation Service Management of Young Adults Policy Framework  
  HMPPS Child Safeguarding Policy Framework  



Change of Name, Marriage and Savings for Children in Care

3.14.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
3.14.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  
3.14.3 Junior Individual Saving Accounts (Junior ISA)  

4. Adoption and Permanence



  One Adoption West Yorkshire - Statement of Purpose  
4.1.1 One Adoption - An Overview  
4.1.2 Process for Should be Placed for Adoption (SHOBPA) Meetings  
4.1.3 Adoption Panel (One Adoption)  
4.1.4 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters (One Adoption)  
4.1.5 Children Relinquished for Adoption  
4.1.6 Placement for Adoption  
4.1.7 Adoption Support  
4.1.8 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.9 Adoption Reviews  
4.1.10 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
4.1.11 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or already Adopted  
4.1.12 Inter-Country Adoption (One Adoption)  
4.1.13 Non-Agency Adoption (One Adoption)  
4.1.14 Adoption Case Records  
4.1.15 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records (One Adoption)  
4.1.16 Intermediary Services (One Adoption)  
4.1.17 Adoption and Placement The Annex A and Annex B Report  
4.1.18 Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption (One Adoption)  
  See also: Adoption Strategy: Achieving Excellence Everywhere  



Other Permanence Options

4.2.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders  
4.2.2 Special Guardianship Order Policy (2022) New




4.3.1 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship  
4.3.2 Life Story Books Guidance (One Adoption)  
4.3.3 Later Life Letters (One Adoption)  

5. Appendices

5.1 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
5.2 Scheme of Delegation 2018  
5.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
5.4 Amendments