The online procedures contain all 'operational' policies, procedures and guidance for Calderdale Children's Social Care, including 'Children in Need, Looked After Services, Disabled Children, Fostering, and Adoption (with links to One Adoption West Yorkshire, the regional adoption agency).
Children's Homes Policies and Procedures are found in a separate site which can be accessed by clicking the Children's Home button on the home screen.Users can also access the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures - from the 'Home' Screen.
Amendments that have been made to existing chapters and new chapters that have been introduced in this update are indicated on the Contents List and at the top of each chapter.
The next scheduled update to the online procedures will go live in July 2020.
If you would like to make suggestions for the next update, either as an amendment to an existing chapter or concerning a new chapter please contact Bernadette Johansen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you want to use a chapter that has been developed by another local authority, please let Bernadette know. Tri.x need to seek permission for us to use that chapter.
Any amendments to existing procedures should be shown in track changes. In order to allow time for us to incorporate the changes into the online procedures, all amendments need to be received by mid May 2020.
This manual contains a local resource section which can be accessed via the navigation bar. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.
As far as possible, consistent terminology is used throughout the procedures, which means that some generic terms are used as follows:
|'Home' and 'Resource'||This is a generic term which means Children's Home, Foster Home.|
|'Child' or 'Young Person'||Both of these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18. In most chapters however, the term 'child' is used.|
|'Staff' or 'Carer'||This means all Staff and Carers (including) whether employed or not.|
|'Manager'||This means Team Manager, it also means YOT Team Manager.|
|'Line Manager'||This means the first Line Manager of a team/service.|
|Designated Manager||The term Designated Manager is often used where notifications or approvals are required by a Manager above the level of Team Manager. Where users see this term they may click on it to view relevant contact details|
|'Parent'||This means person with Parental Responsibility.|
|'Regulatory Authority'||Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in the procedures to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.|
|'Social Worker'||This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the Duty Social Worker or Team Manager is responsible.|
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.
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