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Amendments

April 2020

Caption: April 2020
   
Updated Chapters
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Process for Outpatient Medical Assessments where there are Child Protection Concerns This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated throughout as required.


January 2020

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Updated Chapters
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Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reference and note the Family Justice Council Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship (May 2019) (see Section 1, Introduction).
Emergency Duty Team

This chapter, which sets out the process for managing to referrals to the Emergency Duty Team has been reviewed locally and updated as required. It clarifies the process for transferring information to and from the Emergency Duty Team and Children and Young People Services and explains the procedure for ensuring the safety of EDT workers on visits. 

Emergency Duty Team and Child Protection Information on non mobile babies has been added into Section 4, Medical Examinations
Out of Hours Placements This chapter which covers emergency placements has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current practice.
Child Exploitation Team and Operational Group: Roles and Responsibilities of Children's Social Care This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect current arrangements for responding to concerns around child exploitation in Calderdale. An updated Appendix 1: Child Exploitation (CE) Referral Flowchart has been added.
Private Fostering A new Section 11, After the Private Fostering Arrangement Ends has been added.
Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers A link has been added to information published by HM Government on Attending an IRM Panel. See Section 10, Representations/Independent Review Procedure.
New Chapters and Features
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Statutory Duties under Sections 85 and 86 of the Children Act 1989 This new section provides information on the agreed process to be followed in Calderdale when a local child is accommodated in an external specialist placement.

Next Update: July 2020

July 2019

Caption: July 2019
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Child and Family Single Assessment Guidance This guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the Child and Family Single Assessment which now includes additional reference to the child's lived experience, the motivation of parents and their capacity to change.
Section 47 Enquiries This procedure has been updated to include a link to the Joint Protocol between West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Children and Young People Services regarding joint Police / Children and Young People Services Enquiries Under Section 47 Children Act 1989.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

This procedure has been updated to reflect changes from 'Practice Direction 27a - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court) in relation to the required maximum length of certain court documents, (unless otherwise specifically directed by the court). In addition, a new subsection of Section 4.1, Local Authority Documentation- 'Final Care Plan' provides further detail on the importance of recording information on the Care Plan which will help the child, parent or the child's carer understand why decisions have been or are being made.

It has also been amended to reflect HHJ Greensmith's comments regarding M and N (Children: Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018)). (See Section 9, Good Local Authority Practice During Proceedings).
Death of or Serious Injury to a Child This procedure has been updated throughout to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and the process for reporting a serious incident to the National Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.
Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds This procedure has been revised throughout to reflect the updated Joint Housing and Children and Young People's Protocol for Supporting Young people aged 16 and 17 year olds and Care Leavers.
Management Oversight / Decision Making This chapter has been amended in relation to management oversight of decisions recorded on CASS.
Roles, Responsibilities and Decision Making Hierarchy This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect current responsibility for decision making.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been updated to reflect HHJ Greensmith's comments in relation to local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence in the case of M and N (Children) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018).
Access to Records This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect current local processes for allowing service users (and others) to access Children's Social Care records.
Open Minds and Child and Family Mental Health Services This chapter has been reviewed and updated as required to reflect current service provision for children and young people who require support with their emotional well being. Details of the Open Minds emotional health and well being website have been added.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated to reflect the DfE publication Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities.
Short Breaks: Assessment, Planning and Review This guidance has been updated to reflect current service provision.
Ceasing to Look After a Child

This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and associated statutory guidance.

These changes relate to the status of 'Previously Looked After Children'. A Previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.

Previously Looked After Children are entitled to support from their school through the Designated Teacher (see Section 2.5, Children Who Move into Permanency). 
Education of Children Looked After and Previously Looked After

This guidance has been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

These changes relate to the status of 'Previously Looked After Children' i.e. a Previously Looked After Child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales. The chapter includes a new Section 16, Mental Health and a new Section 11, Safeguarding Children Looked After School.

In addition the chapter reflects the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018, as it relates to Children Looked After and guidance regarding Data protection and Safeguarding as set out in Data protection: a toolkit for schools (August 2018).
The Role of the Virtual School

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the role of the Virtual School in Calderdale.

Adoption Reviews Section 5, The Conduct of Adoption Reviews (bullet point 1.f) has been amended to reflect the status of adopted children as being 'Previously Looked After' when considering their educational needs. A link to DfE guidance on Promoting the Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After children has also been added.
Removed Chapters
  • Requests for Information from West Yorkshire Police: Advice and Guidance to Field work Practitioners.


January 2019

Caption: January 2019
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles A new Section 2, Corporate Parenting has been added to reflect the DfE publication Applying Corporate Parenting Principles to Looked-after Children and Care Leavers (Feb 2018). It includes the seven corporate parenting principles set out in the guidance.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to provide emphasis on parents who lack capacity and a link has been added to the President of the Family Division, Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability note. A link has also been added to Practice Direction 3AA - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence (see Case management in Section 4, Documentation).
Decision to Look After

Additional information has been added in to Section 2.3, Section 20 Accommodation, in line with recent case-law which considered the use of Section 20 Accommodation by local authorities These cases were clear that:

  • A local authority failing to permit a parent to remove a child in circumstances within section 20(8) acts unlawfully; and
  • The relevant information that a parent would need to be able to understand, retain and weigh up in order to have competency to consent to the accommodation of a child is as follows:
    • That the child will be staying with someone chosen by the local authority, probably a foster carer;
    • That the parent can change their mind about the arrangements, and request the child back from accommodation at any time;
    • That the parent will be able to see the child.
Death of or Serious Injury to a Child This procedure has been amended following the introduction of the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. Local authorities must notify the Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Transfer Protocol for Cases Transferring between Children's Social Care Teams This guidance has been updated throughout to reflect processes in place locally for transferring cases between Children's Social Care teams.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Case Records and Retention Section 1, The Case Record has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which permits the transfer of a copy of the child's case record (or part of that record) to another adoption agency when the local authority considers this to be in the interests of the child.
Placement Resource Group This which outlines the process for managing placement requests for external placements and support services for Children Looked After has been reviewed locally and updated throughout as required to reflect current arrangements in Calderdale.
Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Section 6, Placements of Children under the age of 13 Years - which contains details on the process to be followed when placing children under 13 years in secure accommodation has been updated to reflect revised DfE guidance.
Placement Resource Group This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Child Looked After Reviews Section 7, The Role of the Child Looked After Review in Achieving Permanence for the Child has been amended to reflect the outcome of a High Court Judgement in respect of children who were subject to Section 20 and where there were concerns of significant delays in their planning for permanence. The court noted the IROs' recognition and action over a number of reviews but acknowledged that a more robust response had been needed.
Leaving Care This guidance has been revised throughout to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser (in Calderdale, we use the term Pathway Adviser) support to all young people leaving care up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for young people leaving care; and to have regard to seven 'Corporate Parenting Principles'.
Adoption Case Records (One Adoption and Local Authority) Section 3, Security Retention and Sharing of Records has been updated in line with Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which provides that an adoption agency may disclose an adoption case record to another adoption agency for purposes related to either agency's functions as an adoption agency.
Life Story Work This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Later Life Letters (Local Authority) This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Relinquished Babies Section 3, Consent and Competency has been updated to include additional information on parental capacity to consent, in line with High Court case-law.

August 2018

Caption: August 2018
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Friends and Family Policy (2018) This policy which sets out the local authority's approach towards promoting and supporting the needs of children who, for whatever reason, will be brought up by their extended family, friends or other connected people has been reviewed and updated as required. It will be reviewed again in 2020.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Section 4.2, Case Analysis has been updated to reflect the 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan added by s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 (amending section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Decision to Look After Section 3.1, The Care Plan – Contents has been amended to reflect the additional 'permanence provisions' of the Care Plan (s.8 Children and Social Work Act 2017 amends section 31(3B) Children Act 1989) which a court is now required to consider when deciding whether to make a Care Order.
Domestic Abuse Hub and the Role of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to describe the role of the Domestic Abuse Hub and to provide information on the daily DA Hub meetings and MARAC meetings. Links to the Calderdale DASH risk assessment and DA Hub referral form have also been added.
Child in Need Plans and Reviews A new Section 4, Children in Need Moving to Another Authority - Principles has been added. Whenever a Child in Need moves to another authority, information sharing and communication between the respective authorities is important to ensure appropriate services continue for the child and family and, where relevant, any risk of harm is recognised and identified with the receiving local authority.
Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings Section 2, Different Types of Contact has been updated to take account of the ways in which social media and mobile communication are used by Children Looked After to contact friends and family members.
Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After Section 2, Exceptions has been revised to set out more clearly the circumstances where visiting requirements differ from those set out in Section 1, Normal Frequency.
Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers Section 9, After the Panel Recommendation has been updated to clarify the decision as to the suitability of the applicant must be made within 7 working days of receipt of the panel's recommendation and final set of panel minutes.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated throughout.
Health Assessments and Health Recommendation Plans A new Section 3.5, Consent to Health Care Assessments has been added to provide information on the situations when children can consent to their own health assessments and treatment.
Leaving Care This procedure has been updated throughout to reflect the provisions of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which require local authorities to offer Personal Adviser support to all care leavers up to the age of 25; to publish their Local Offer for care leavers; and to have regard to seven 'Corporate Parenting Principles
Pathway Plans and Reviews This guidance has been updated to include additional information on the identification of risk as part of the Pathway Planning process, including when a Risk Management Plan should be considered. See Section 4, Completing the Pathway Plan for further details.
Applications for Special Guardianship (Local Authority) This guidance has been reviewed locally and extensively updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Safeguarding Children Returning to the UK from Syria This new guidance has been added to the manual.
Deprivation of Liberty This online resource provides information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people. Case-law makes clear that social workers and local authorities need to consider whether children in care or cared for away from home in other settings may be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and, if so, what authorisation is required.
Mental Capacity This new section links to an online resource which will support practitioners to understand the Mental Capacity Act and practice confidently. Everyone working with (or caring for) any young person from the age of 16 who may lack capacity must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Disruption Reviews

This new procedure describes the processes to be followed when a child's placement ends in an unplanned way. The term disruption is used to describe a placement ending in a way that was not part of the Looked after Child's Care Plan, either in the ending itself or in the timing of the termination. The disruption review process looks at the sequence of events and to learn from the experiences in order that:

  • The child's future needs can be met;
  • The carers can be appropriately supported to recover and learn from the experience;
  • Practice can be improved across relevant social work teams.
The review may include a Disruption Meeting, though this will not be required in all cases.
Risk Management for Mopeds and Motorbikes This new guidance contains information for staff and carers in relation to the use mopeds and motorbikes by young people under the age of 18 years who are Looked After.

January 2018

Caption: January 2018
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Contacts and Referrals for Children in Need This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect processes for responding to contacts and referrals.
Decision to Look After A new Section 2.3, Section 20 Accommodation has been added to this guidance and contains details on the following; obtaining parental consent, recording parental consent and the use of Section 20 prior to court proceedings.
Death of or Serious Injury to a Child This procedure has been reviewed and updated in line with the requirement to notify Ofsted of any serious childcare incident using the Ofsted online notification form.
Child Sexual Exploitation Team and Operational Group: Roles and Responsibilities of Children's Social Care This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect current arrangements for responding to concerns around the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Calderdale. An updated Appendix 1: CSE Referral Flowchart has been added.
Private Fostering Section 4, Financial Support has been updated and explains the expectations around financial responsibility for children who are privately fostered.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link has been added to information from the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens in relation to the responsibilities that local authorities have to ensure that children in their care have effective access to specialist legal advice so their citizenship or any entitlement to citizenship is secured. See Relevant Guidance for full details.
Children Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services

Links have been added to the following local documents:

PACE –Post Charge/Placement Information Form for Placement Overnight - This form is for use when a young person has been charged and detained to appear before court the following day, this form should be completed and a copy placed on the electronic system (CASS). A copy should also be given to the PACE placement and emailed to YOT; and

Calderdale Appropriate Adults Protocol – This protocol, which has been agreed between Children and Young People's Directorate (CSC including EDT and YOT), Adult Health and Social Care and West Yorkshire Police (Calderdale District), sets out the agreement on the provision of Appropriate Adult services for young people and vulnerable adults whilst in the West Yorkshire Police Service (Calderdale) custody suite and describes the duties and responsibilities of the respective agencies.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Section 5, Support Provided by the Supervising Social Worker (During Placement) has been updated to reflect that the foster carer's Safer Caring Plan should be updated whenever there are any changes in foster carer household including the addition of any new pets.
Applications for Special Guardianship This procedure has been reviewed and updated throughout.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Children's Consultation and Participation Working Together to Safeguard Children states clearly that one of the key principles underpinning safeguarding should be: "a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children." It is essential therefore that children and young people are enabled by professionals to participate in matters that affect them, particularly any plans or arrangements that will affect them and/or their family and are consulted with regard to processes designed to improve services both to them individually and more generally. This new guidance considers the benefits of, and barriers to, promoting the involvement of children and young people in the work of Children's Social Care.
Removed Chapters
  • External Fostering and Residential Placements;
  • External Residential Placements;
  • Decision Making Hierarchy.

July 2017

Caption: July 2017
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a judgment following an application to remove a child at birth. The judge highlighted what were thought to be 'good practice steps' to issuing care proceedings in respect of the removal of a child at birth. (See Section 3.1, Pre-birth Planning and Proceedings).
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This chapter has been updated to reflect the outcome of a court judgement on Ordinary Residence that was included in DoH, Care and support statutory guidance (December 2016). (See Section 13, Funding Issues - Ordinary Residence). A link has been added into Further Information to guidance on SEND: 19- to 25-year-olds' entitlement to EHC plans (DfE 2017) (See Section 17, Further Information and Statutory Guidance).
Placement with Parents Section 1.2, Assessment and Checks before Placement, has been updated to include a note that, when assessing whether the home environment is safe for the child, consideration should be given to the need for a risk assessment of any pets and the environment in which they are kept.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been amended to include a reference to guidance published by The Law Society in relation to 'Attendance of solicitors at Local Authority Children Act Meetings' and their Code of Conduct where the child or family who attend reviews are supported by a legal representative. (See Section 5, Independent Reviewing Officer's Responsibilities).
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Children's Society publication 'Advocacy Services for Children and Young People – A Guide for Commissioners'. This guide outlines the legislative requirements of local authorities in the provision of advocacy support to Children in Need and Children Looked After.
Removed Chapters
  • Behaviour Management.

May 2017

Caption: May 2017
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Sufficiency Duty in Relation to Accommodation of Children

A link to the Calderdale Sufficiency Plan has been added.


January 2017

Caption: January 2017
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

The following note has been added into Section 3, Key Principles:

We recognise and respect that children and young people need to be able to make sense of their history. We understand that we have a responsibility to support them to do this by capturing their unique life experiences. We do this by sensitively collecting information that is important to them about their family, friends and significant relationships. We do this from the beginning to end of our involvement in their lives.
Calderdale Children's Social Care: Practice Standards This updated document contains detailed practice standards, set out by area of work, which Children's Social Care Staff members are required to meet when carrying out their day-to-day work.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) This guidance has been completely rewritten. Thanks to Salford City Council for permission to adapt their guidance for use in Calderdale.
Children Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been reviewed and substantially updated throughout.
Permanence Policy This policy has been added to the manual.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in full.
Placement Planning Meetings Section 2, Disruption Meetings has been updated to include information on the specific actions required when a placement ends in an unplanned way.
Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout as required.
Behaviour Support Policy This guidance has been updated throughout.
Transition at 18 to Adult Services This document has been reviewed locally and completely rewritten.
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters A note has been added into Section 4.2, Considering Adoption for a Child, to reiterate that if, at any point during the planning of a Fostering for Adoption placement or if the child is already in such a placement, there is any change to the circumstances of prospective carers (including relatives), a planning meeting with the Fostering for Adoption carers and all professionals involved should take place as soon as possible. This will allow the carers the opportunity to make an informed choice about their position, and also allows the local authority to consider their position in light of the change in circumstances.
Life Story Work This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the importance attached to Life Story Work in Calderdale. Good preparation for adoption and well prepared Life Story Work are vital as they help young people have a better understanding of their lives and contribute to long lasting placements.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Transfer in Process for Children from another Local Authority on a Child Protection Plan This document is new and has been added to the procedures manual.
Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations This guidance is new and has been added to the procedures manual.
Young Carers This chapter has been added to the procedures manual.

June 2016

Caption: June 2016
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention A link has been added to the International Child Abduction Unit Request for Cooperation Form; the form should be used by local authority staff to ask authorities in another country for information or assistance in a child protection case.
Recording Policy and Guidelines This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. It should be read in full.
Access to Records Section 7, Applications by Parents has been updated throughout.
Young Carers Service Links have been added to the Young Carers Assessment tool and guidance document.
Short Breaks: Assessment, Planning and Review This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in full.
Placements in Residential Care This procedure has been reviewed and updated as required.
Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

Section 3, Convening and Chairing of Secure Accommodation Reviews has been amended as follows:

The Secure Accommodation Panel should be chaired by a person independent of the care planning for the child, including line managers and the Independent Reviewing Officer. Given the need to focus on the Section 25, Children Act 1989 criteria issues, the chair should also be independent of any resource allocation, etc. but should have sufficient experience and knowledge to carry out the task.

An Independent Reviewing Officer may sit as one of the other two Panel members (not as part of the IRO function).
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout as required. Section 1.1, Duties of an Advocate is new. Section 2, Independent Visitors has also been updated.
Applications to Foster, or Adopt from Employees of Calderdale Council and Potential Conflicts of Interest This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. It should be read in full.
Internet Safety Policy for Children Looked After A link has been added to a recently published practical guide for parents and carers whose children use social media. The guide contains information on the risks young people might face through using social media and offers practical tips on how to minimise these risks.
Applications for Special Guardianship Section 5, Planning Meeting has been revised and updated to reflect the enhanced assessment and reporting requirements (for all applications made from 29 February 2016) as set out in the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.
Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Section 3, Special Guardianship – Matters to be Dealt with in Report to Court has been revised and updated to reflect the enhanced assessment and reporting requirements (for all applications made from 29 February 2016 as set out in the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Section 47 Enquiries This new chapter sets out how to undertake a strategy discussion / meeting and how to conduct Section 47 Enquiries.

Safeguarding Children and Young People Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism

This new chapter contains links to the West Yorkshire Consortium Procedure for Safeguarding Children and Young People Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism.

It also links the Calderdale PREVENT referral form and newly issued guidance for professionals working with children and young people in Calderdale where there are concerns regarding travel to Syria.
Removed Chapters
  • Employees As Adopters.

December 2015

Caption: December 2015
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Calderdale Children's Social Care: Practice Standards (2015) This updated document contains detailed practice standards, set out by area of work, which Children's Social Care staff members are required to meet when carrying out their day to day work.
Calderdale SCB: Continuum of Need and Response A link has been added to the updated Calderdale SCB Continuum of Need of Response. The continuum comprises a framework to be used by professionals from all agencies when categorising need levels of need and identifying.
Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST)

Links have been added to the following documents:

  • Updated MAST Handbook; and
  • New MAST Information Sharing Agreement.
Death and Serious Injury to a Child This procedure has been updated throughout with reference to Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Access to Records This chapter has been updated in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leaver (revised January 2015) A new Section 8, Applications by Care Leavers has been added.
Case Records and Retention A new Appendix 1: Records Retention and Disposal Schedule - Early Intervention and Safeguarding and Adoption and Fostering / Children's Social Work Files has been added to this chapter. The retention and disposal schedule sets out how long each type of record should be kept for and why it should be kept for this period of time. NOTE: retention schedules are active documents and changes will be made as legislation, statutory instruments and business need / processes change.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After The guidance in this chapter has been reviewed and updated as required, to ensure it continues to reflect the current process for seeking Criminal Injuries Compensation claims for Children Looked After.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) A link to age assessment practice guidance and tools for Local Authorities and their partners developed by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the Home Office has been added. See Section 3, Child and Family Single Assessment for more information.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Guidance contained in this chapter has been updated to reflect provisions of the Care Act 2014. Information on the Independent Family Returns Panel has also been added into Section 4, Independent Family Returns Panel.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This guidance has been updated throughout to reflect the provisions of the Care Act 2014. Section 11.1, Adult Services Statutory Care and Support Plans has been rewritten and covers the assessment of disabled children likely to need support when they turn 18. Section 14, Young Carers and Parent Carers of Disabled Children is new and should be read.
Permanence Policy This locally written policy has been updated to reflect the work of the Permanence Improvement Board.
Policy for Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers This document has been locally rewritten in October 2015.
Foster Carer's Delegated Authority – Decision Support Tool The Decision Support Tool has been developed to assist social workers, parents, foster carers and young people to discuss delegated authority and decision making. It can help to prepare for the initial Placement Planning meeting and each subsequent review when the Placement Plan is considered. It can be used in existing placements when further clarification may help the foster carer understand their delegated responsibilities more clearly. The Decision Support Tool has been completely revised following local review.
Looked After Reviews This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect the revised Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015). A new Section 8, Looked After Reviews Concerning Children in Long Term Foster Placements has been added, and explains that where a child is placed in a designated long-term foster placement, and has been in this placement for more than a year, consideration should be given to whether it is necessary to hold a meeting as part of each review. Any decision to reduce the frequency of meetings will be taken by the IRO and the child's social worker, in consultation with the child / young person (subject to their age and understanding). Even where the Review will not include a meeting, the IRO must ensure that full consultation with all relevant individuals, including the child, has taken place to inform the review of the child's case.
Notifications of Significant Events This chapter has been updated following publication of the Children's Homes Quality Standards and Regulations (March 2015) and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Consent for Absence from School

This following note has been added into Section 3, Consent for Absence from School:

Children must not be taken on holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances that have to be approved by CYPS Service Manager Locality Services, the Virtual School Head and the Head of School. Requests must be made in writing. (Note that under the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, the previous ability of headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday during term time in 'special circumstances' of up to ten school days leave per year has been removed. The 2013 Regulations make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are 'exceptional circumstances').
Access to Early Years Education for Children Looked After Information contained in this chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current policy and practice.
Admissions to Educational Establishments This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Social Worker Visits to Children Looked After This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised visiting requirements in respect of long term foster placements as set out in the updated Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (2015).
Responding to Enquiries about Fostering This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect current processes.
Assessment of Prospective Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed locally and substantially revised. It should be read in full by all relevant staff.
Fostering Exemptions and Extensions and Variations of Approval Section 5, Extension / Variation to the Foster Carer's Terms of Approval has been re-written, and sets out the process for immediate implementation of a decision to change/vary a foster carer's terms of approval.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect local policy and practice.
Guidelines for Recording - Fostering Files on Electronic Records This guidance has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters

The following minor amendments have been made to this procedure:

  • Where a prospective adopter enquires about inter-country adoption, information should also be given about the policy on fees and an estimation of the costs the prospective adopter will have to pay to the agency and the Department for Education;
  • In relation to references, applicants will be asked to provide the names of three personal referees, who are adults (not more than one of whom should be related to them), have known the applicant for at least two years and who are happy to provide personal references on the prospective adopter. A written report must be prepared of the interviews held with each of the referees.
Adoption Panel A note has been added into Section 2, Adoption Panel Membership requiring that the list of persons considered to be suitable to be members of an Adoption Panel must be maintained by an appointed senior social worker with at least 5 years' relevant post-qualification experience and relevant management experience.
Placement for Adoption

The following information has been added in relation to the Child's Permanence Report:

  • Child's Permanence Report must be written by the worker who knows the child best and is also a qualified social worker;
  • The Report should include a summary, written by the agency's medical adviser, of the state of the child's health, health history and any need for health care which might arise in the future, and a Chronology of the decisions and actions taken by the agency with respect to the child; and
  • Those parts of the Report that contain factual information about the birth family should be shared with the relevant family members to enable them to confirm their accuracy and agree to it being passed on to a child in due course. Any such agreement should be clearly recorded on the child's case record. Each of the child's parents should be shown those parts of the Report which set out their views and wishes, and given the opportunity, if they so wish, to express these in their own words.
Non Agency Adoptions

This chapter has been completely rewritten and replaces the previous guidance. It should be re read in its entirety.

It contains the procedures to be followed in all categories of adoption where the adoption agency and the adoption panel do not play a part in the placement of the child for adoption. These are:

  • Partner adoptions (formally known as step parent adoption);
  • Anyone who has had care of the child (for any three year period in the past five years);
  • Local authority foster parent(s) proceeding without the support of children's social care.
Adoption Support

The following information concerning remuneration for former foster carers has been added into Section 9.8, Remuneration for former foster parents:

Where the adopter previously fostered the child they are adopting, and they received remuneration in the financial support paid to them as the child's foster parent, the local authority may continue to pay remuneration for a transitional period of two years from the date of the adoption order. This can continue for longer than two years if the local authority considers the case to be exceptional. The decision to include remuneration must have been taken before the making of the adoption order.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Ceasing to Look After a Child

This new chapter reflects the statutory guidance 'Ceasing to look after a child' in 'Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations (2015)' as amended by the 'Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015' and Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The Local Authority has a duty to ensure that when children have been Accommodated under Section 20 (Children Act 1989) and are discharged from, or leave care that the discharge is in their best interests and that they will be safeguarded and their welfare will be promoted. Where a child has been Accommodated for 20 days or more, the decision should be made by a Nominated Officer or Director of Children's Services if the child/young person is 16/17 years and has been Accommodated under Section 20, before discharge.
Foster Carers Who Wish to Adopt the Child they are Fostering This new chapter contains the procedures to be followed when a Foster Carer expresses an interest in adopting a child / children they are currently caring for.
Letterbox System The Letterbox System allows screened communications between the birth side and the adoptive side of an adoption. This new chapter provides an overview of the Letterbox System, as well as containing more detailed procedures covering the process for requesting and sharing correspondence with birth and adoptive families.

June 2015

Caption: June 2015
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

A link has been added to the Social Work Evidence Template (SWET) which has been produced by ADCS and Cafcass. It can be used by local authorities to submit an application for a care or supervision order.

The template supports professionals in submitting summarised, clear and analytical material to the court, setting out the reasons why the local authority is making an application for a specific order in relation to a child. A balanced, analytical and evidence based application will avoid unnecessary delay for the child and enable the court to quickly identify the issues in dispute, and potentially limit the cross examination of evidence. See above for further details.

A link has also been added to guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice concerning the use of expert witnesses in court. See Section 8, The Use of Experts.
Decision to Look After

This chapter has been updated in line with Looked-after Children: Contact with Siblings - Update to Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.

Additional information has been added in relation to sibling placement as follows:

Section 2, Decision to Look After a Child - In the case of siblings, wherever it is in the best interests of each individual child, they should be placed together. Where they cannot be placed together, they must be supported to understand why they cannot live together, and there should be robust plans for contact between them, so far as this is consistent with their welfare.
Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention A link has been added to guidance produced by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) (see above). The guidance summarises how the ICACU can help by making a request for co-operation to another country, in particular for the collection and exchange of information and provides details of how to contact the Unit and to make a request for co-operation.
Emergency Duty Team This chapter, which sets out the process for managing to referrals to the Emergency Duty Team has been reviewed locally and updated as required. It clarifies the process for transferring information to and from the Emergency Duty Team and Children's Social Care and explains the procedure for ensuring the safety of EDT workers on visits. Section 4, Decision Making is new and sets out the situations when the on call (duty) Social Care Manager should be contacted by the EDT worker to approve authorise decision making.
Out of Hours Placements This chapter has been reviewed locally in and updated as required to reflect current practice.
Roles, Responsibilities and Decision Making Hierarchy This chapter has been reviewed locally in and updated as required to reflect current practice.
Recording Policy and Guidelines Section 18, Use of Computers at Home has been been updated to ensure it reflects the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
Private Fostering This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated throughout it should be read in full. A revised Assessment Proforma and letter templates have been added to the Forms Library.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect new statutory guidance for Local Authorities on the Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children. Section 3, Child and Family Single Assessment has been updated in relation to Age Assessments, and provides that where the age of a person is uncertain and there are reasons to believe that they are a child, they are presumed to be a child in order to receive immediate access to assistance, support and protection in accordance with Article 10(3) of the European Convention on action Against Trafficking in Human Beings. Age assessments should only be carried out where there is significant reason to doubt that the claimant is a child, and should not be a routine part of a local authority's assessment of unaccompanied or trafficked children. Information on pathway planning has also been added into Section 8, Unaccompanied Young Asylum Seekers Reaching Age 18.
Children Looked After in Contact with Youth Justice Services This chapter has been substantially revised to reflect updated guidance and regulations on Looked After Children and Youth Justice. It should be re-read in full.
Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation This chapter has been substantially revised to reflect updated guidance and regulations on Looked After Children and Youth Justice. It should be re-read in full.
Placement with Parents

Section 1.8, Ending of Placement has been updated to take account of recent case-law in which the High Court stated that not less than fourteen days notice of a removal of the child should be given to the parents, save in an emergency.

The Court further stated that any removal of a child in circumstances where the child's welfare does not require immediate removal, or without proper consideration and consultation, is likely to be an unlawful interference with the rights of the parent and child under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Placements in Secure Accommodation Section 5.2, Placement of Children Under the age of 13 has been revised to reflect recently issued Department for Education guidance on the process to be followed by Local Authorities when seeking to place such children in secure accommodation.
Placement Planning Meetings

This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated through as required. Section 1.4, Placement Stability Meetings is new and requires that, in circumstances where the placement stability is considered to be at risk of disrupting, a meeting should be urgently convened within 5 working days. The purpose of this meeting will be to explore all possible, safe options to maintain the placement including:

  • Additional support to the child;
  • Additional support to the parent/carer.
Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK A note has been added into Section 1, Holidays for Children Looked After in the UK in relation to Delegated Authority and the circumstances when Foster Carers can make decisions about taking children in their care on holiday.
Contact with Parents and Siblings

This chapter has been updated following the publication of Looked-after Children: Contact with Siblings - Update to Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review.

Additional Information has been added into Section 1, Approving and Planning Contact as follows:

  • There is a presumption of continued contact between the child and their family while the child is Looked After, unless it is not reasonably practicable or consistent with the child's welfare;
  • Contact arrangements should be focused on, and shaped around, the child's needs. Each child's wishes and needs for contact should be individually considered and regularly assessed;
  • Where contact arrangements are contrary to the child's wishes, the child must be given a full explanation by the Social Worker and this must be recorded on the child's electronic record.
Overnight Stays and Contact with Relatives and Friends This chapter has been amended slightly, to include reference delegated authority; when the child's placement is made, information should be recorded as to the circumstances in which carers can authorise short stays.
Allegations and Complaints Against Foster Carers This procedure which provides information on the process to be followed allegations of abuse or neglect are made against foster carers, or when there are concerns about standards of care which result in complaints has been reviewed locally and rewritten. It also explains the support available to foster carers who are the subject of complaints or allegations. It should be read in full.
Supervision and Support of Foster Carers A link has been added to the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol (England). The protocol has been developed by The Fostering Network and the joint forum of Independent Fostering Providers and is issued with the support of ADCS. It takes account of legislative changes which came into force on 1 July 2013 and recommends the good practice guidelines to be followed when an approved foster carer wishes to transfer from one fostering service to another.
Health Assessments and Health Recommendation Plans This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect the publication of revised statutory guidance on Promoting the Health and Well Being of Looked After Children. It should be read in full.
Internet Safety Policy for Children Looked After This chapter has been updated to include reference to use of the internet, and in particular social media, to engage children in extremist ideologies. Information has also been added on the new offence of Sexual Communication with a child introduced by the Serious Crime Act (2015).
Leaving Care Following the revision of the Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leaver. Section 9.1, Personal Advisers provides detail on the role of Personal Adviser in ensuring the effective implementation of the Pathway Plan. Section 10, Education, Training and Employment has been completely revised and should be re-read.
Staying Put Policy The following note has been added into Section 1, Introduction; Where a Staying Put arrangement is in place, the local authority, where appropriate, may consider delegating part of the Personal Adviser function to the foster carer.
Pathway Plans and Reviews This chapter has been updated to require that the local authority adopts a flexible approach to supporting young people aged 16 and 17 years back in to care if a young person's decision to move into semi-independent accommodation, leave care or decline leaving care services is then identified as premature. See Section 2, Making the Plan for further details.
Adoption Support This chapter has been updated in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. A new Section 2, Duty to Provide Information Concerning Adoption Support, has been added.
Intermediary Services

With effect from 31 October 2014, further legislation extended this to persons having a Prescribed Relationship with an adopted person. This will include all relatives of adopted adults, from children and grandchildren to civil partners and adoptive relatives. Intermediary agencies may accept applications from a person with a Prescribed Relationship to an adopted person for assistance in contacting a relative of an adopted person and vice versa. This allows, for example, descendants to obtain information about family medical history in relation to inherited diseases.

This chapter has been revised throughout in June 015 and should be read in full.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters

This new chapter deals with the placement of a child with carers who are dually approved, i.e. approved both as prospective adopters and as local authority foster carers.

The advantage of this type of placement is that the child will be placed with foster carers who, subject to a Placement Order being made, or parental consent, are expected to go on to become the child's adoptive family. The child therefore benefits from an early placement with their eventual permanent carers.

December 2014

Caption: December 2014
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Family and Friends Care Policy This policy, which provides information about local services which provide help and support to family and friends carers (including informal carers), has been reviewed and updated as required.
Universal Assessment Procedure and Guidance This chapter, which provides the context for undertaking Child and Family Single Assessments in Calderdale, has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Calderdale SCB: Continuum of Need and Response This document, which sets out a common approach for use by all agencies when to categorising levels of need among children and young people, has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Referrals for Children in Need This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
De-escalation from Children's Social Care Teams: Flowchart This flowchart, which summarises the process when cases are closed to Children's Social Care and moved into Early Intervention Services, has been revised throughout to reflect the introduction of the Early Intervention Child and Family Single Assessment as a replacement for the CAF / Common Assessment Framework in Calderdale.
Medical Assessment for Child Protection Concerns in Child Protection Clinics held in Paediatric Outpatients, Calderdale Royal Hospital This chapter provides information for use by Social Workers when arranging a medical assessment for a child or young person at Calderdale Royal Hospital. It has been reviewed locally and updated throughout as required.
Applications for Emergency Protection Orders This chapter has been updated throughout in line with revised statutory guidance for local authorities on court orders and pre proceedings, and the revised family justice and courts system; A new Section 6, Powers to Assist in Discovery of Children Who May Be in Need of Emergency Protection has been added.
Care Proceedings - Information for Social Workers This chapter has been reviewed locally and substantially amended. It contains guidance for Social Workers on the information which the Court will require when Care Proceedings are initiated and also offers advice for Social Workers when preparing to appear in Court.
Care Plans in Court Proceedings This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required. Section 4, Guidance on Court Care Plans is new and contains guidance for social workers when completing Care Plans for Court.
Children Missing from Home or Care This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated throughout as required, it outlines the action required when a child is reported missing from home or care.
Management Oversight / Decision Making This chapter has been amended slightly; At the bottom of Section 3, Advice / Guidance on the Operation of the Process, the responsibility of the practitioner or supervisor/manager seeking a decision to ensure a record of the discussion is placed on the child's electronic file along with the name of the manager making the decision is has been emphasised.
Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group: Roles and Responsibilities of Children's Social Care A link to the Sexual Exploitation Risk Management indicator has been added.
Supervision Policy and Guidance This section of the manual links to the Calderdale Children's Social Care Supervision Policy. It also contains links to the forms / documents used as part of the supervision process. Form S1 Record of Discussion / Decision and Form S2 Record of Supervision have been revised.
Roles, Responsibilities and Decision Making Hierarchy This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
A Guide to Chronologies This guidance for practitioners has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Complaints and Representations A note has been added at the end of Section 8, Stage Three – Review Panels emphasising the importance of capturing learning at each stage of the Complaints Process.
Whistleblowing Policy This document produced by Calderdale Council contains the local Code of Conduct for Staff and Whistleblowing policy. It has been reviewed and updated in August 2014.
Child and Family Mental Health Services This chapter has been updated throughout, it contains an overview of the services provided by Calderdale Therapeutic Services and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and explains how to make a referral to these services.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Children Looked After The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government-funded scheme to compensate victims of violent crime, administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This chapter contains guidance on applications for compensation by Looked After Children.
Families with No Recourse to Public Funds A link to Practice Guidance for Local Authorities on Assessing and Supporting Children, Families and Care Leavers with No Recourse to Public Funds has been added to this chapter.
Short Breaks: Assessment, Planning and Review This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required. Section 4.2, The Short Breaks Panel, is new and explains the purpose of the Short Breaks Panel.
Protocol between the Disabled Children's Team and MAST This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
Permanence Policy References to Residence Orders have been replaced throughout with Child Arrangements Orders which have been replaced by the Children and Families Act 2014.
Sufficiency Duty in Relation to Accommodation of Children A link to the Calderdale Sufficiency Plan - The plan to ensure sufficient range of accommodation to meet the needs of children who are looked after (October 2014) has been added.
Delegating Authority to Foster Carers - Toolkit A revised version of the Delegated Authority Decision Support tool and associated Guidance were added.
Looked After Reviews Section 8, Conflict Resolution has been updated in respect of the process to be followed where the IRO believes that the Local Authority has failed in any significant respect to prepare the child's Care Plan; review the child's case or effectively implement any decision in consequence of a review; or are otherwise in breach of their duties to the child in any material respect. The contact details for the Children's Rights, Advocacy and Independent Visitor Service were updated in Section 9, Concerns or Disagreements.
Practice Disputes in the Management of Children Looked After – Process and Practice Guidance This chapter contains the procedure and guidance for dealing with complaints raised by Independent Reviewing Officers in relation to Children Looked After. It covers the processes for informal and formal dispute resolution process. It should be read in full.
Advocacy and Independent Visitors This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required; Section 2.1, When to Appoint Independent Visitors has been rewritten. Contact details for the Children's Rights Advocacy and Independent Visitor Service were updated throughout.
Education of Children Looked After This chapter has been updated throughout, in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. Additional information has been added in new Section 1, Duty to Promote the Educational Achievement of Children Looked After on the requirement for local authorities to appoint an officer to promote the educational achievement of Children Looked After – sometimes referred to as a 'Virtual School Head'. The chapter should be read in full.
Leaving Care This chapter has been updated in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leaver (revised May 2014). Information has been added in relation to the Higher Education Bursary (Section 10), Young People Resuming Education or Training After 21 (new Section 11) and Access to Records (new Section 14).
Staying Put Policy This chapter has been updated throughout in line with Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 3: Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leaver (revised May 2014) and should be re-read.
Financial Arrangements for Young People Leaving Care who are Living Independently This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Early Intervention This section of the manual links to the Calderdale Council Website, where information for practitioners involved in completing the Early Intervention Child and Family Single Assessment is located. The Early Intervention Child and Family Single Assessment has replaced the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in Calderdale.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQs) Guidance This new chapter contains guidance on the completion of Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires, including timescales.
Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline This chapter contains information on the Public Law Outline including pre proceedings work, starting care and supervision proceedings, the Case Management Hearing, the flexible powers of the court, the use of expert witnesses and the timetable for the child.
Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013) This protocol is in force from 1 January 2014. It applies to cases involving criminal investigations into alleged child abuse (child victims who were aged 17 and under at the time of the alleged offending) and/or Family Court proceedings concerning a child (aged 17 and under). It is not binding on local authorities but is a Good Practice Model which all authorities are encouraged to adopt'.
Principles for Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases

This new document provides:

  • A set of principles for social workers when working on child protection cases where the child has links to a foreign country;
  • A summary of the main international legislation;
  • Information about where social workers should go for help when seeking to obtain information or contacts abroad about a child and/or their family; and
  • Sign-posts to other relevant guidance.
Review of Children on a Child Protection Plan 15 months plus Procedure This procedure outlines the steps to taken where it becomes apparent that a CP Plan has made insufficient or no progress in the context of reducing the risk factor(s) by the third RCPC (approx. 15 months). In this event, the Child Protection Conference Chair (CPCC) will advise the membership and parents/carers that their will be a review of the case by a senior manager.
Voice of the Child Guidance This chapter contains guidance on the Voice of Child feature which has been introduced in CASS as means of pulling together, in one central place, all information gathered during direct sessions with children and young people. The Voice of the Child feature can also pull through any sections from CASS where the child's voice has been entered (for example as part of a Child and Family Single Assessment). Information is also provided on the 'you can say' website which will enable children and young people to feed in their own views directly.
Case Records and Retention This new chapter provides guidance for workers on the information which case records must contain and, in Section 2, Retention and Confidentiality of Records outlines the principles for the retention of case records.
Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities This procedure sets out the specific provision under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs or disabilities. For the purposes of the Act, 'young person' is someone aged 16-25.
Notification of Placements for Children Looked After in another Local Authority This chapter explains the notification requirements when a Calderdale Child Looked After is placed in another Local Authority Area.
Notifications of Significant Events This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Children Looked After placed in foster care or residential care.
Parent and Child Foster Carer Placements – Policy, Procedure and Placement Preparation This new chapter contains the policy and procedures to be followed in cases where very young babies and their parents are placed in foster care together.
Internet Safety Policy for Children Looked After This policy provides guidance for social workers, residential workers and carers on how to support Children Looked After to take responsibility for their own safety when using the internet.
Obtaining Birth Certificates for Children Looked After This chapter explains how to obtain a Birth Certificate for a Child Looked After.