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Brighton and Hove Children's Services Procedure Manual: Contents

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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 and Recording
  3. Children in Need and Child Protection
  4. Children in Particular Circumstance
  5. Looked After Children
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Adoption and Permanence
  8. Key Information

1. All Children


Information Governance

1.1.1 Information Governance  


Staff Supervision

1.2.1 Staff Supervision  



Front Door for Families

1.3.1 Accessing Children's Services (Brighton and Hove website)  
1.3.2 Procedure for Assessing the Needs of Homeless Families  



Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

1.4.1 Referral and Assessment Guidance including Making a Safeguarding Referral and the Transfer Processes across the Social Work Service  
1.4.2 Strengthening Families Assessments  
1.4.3 Children in Need Plans and Network Meetings - Practice Guidance   
1.4.4 Practice Guidance for Working with Non-Resident Parents  
1.4.5 Young Carers  



Court Proceedings

1.5.1 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.2 Pathway to Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Care Plan and Care Proceedings  
1.5.4 Child Witness Support  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Managing Unreasonably Persistent Complainants Guidance Notes  
1.6.3 Whistleblowing Policy (Raising Concerns in the Public Interest)  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy for Children’s Social Work Updated
2.2 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.3 Adoption Case Records  

3. Children in Need and Child Protection

Working Together to Safeguard Children

(Note: If you are unable to identify a procedure or specific guidance, please refer to the Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures).


Child Protection Referrals

3.1.1 Response to Child Protection Referrals, Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual  
3.1.2 Children’s Services: Pre-Birth Assessments  
3.1.3 Brighton and Hove Sexual Abuse Pathway Updated
3.1.4 Historical Abuse (London Child Protection Procedures)  
3.1.5 Safeguarding Management Alert  
3.1.6 Guidance For Completion of Section 47 Documents  
3.1.7 Substance Misuse  
3.1.8 Private Fostering (including Language Schools Using Host Families)  
3.1.9 Family Group Conference Service  
3.1.10 Community Mental Health Services (CAMHS)  
3.1.11 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 Updated
3.1.12 Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)  
3.1.13 Protocol for Social Workers and other Professionals Working with YAP  
3.1.14 Guidance on the Use of Written Agreements by Social Workers  
3.1.15 Emergency Duty Service  
3.1.16 Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures: Dangerous Dogs  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children’s Disability Service Information About Social Care and Occupational Therapy Services for Disabled Children  
4.1.2 Direct Payments  
4.1.3 Short Breaks and Residential Support  
4.1.4 Emergency Backup Scheme  
4.1.5 Resource Panel Information  
4.1.6 Cherish  
4.1.7 Early Help Transition Assessment  
4.1.8 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
4.2.2 Practice Guidance for Working with and Supporting Families who have No Recourse to Public Funds  
4.2.3 Guidance In Relation To Asylum Seeking Families At Risk Of Destitution  



Children in Specific Circumstances

4.3.1 Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual, Domestic Violence and Abuse  
4.3.2 Sexual Exploitation  
4.3.3 Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual, Trafficked Children  
4.3.4 HIV and Hepatitis  
4.3.5 Deprivations of Liberty  
4.3.6 The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Practice Resource  



Brighton and Hove Missing Children

4.4.1 Brighton and Hove Policy on Missing Children  
4.4.2 Brighton and Hove Missing from Home Practice Guidelines  
4.4.3 Brighton and Hove Missing from Care Practice Guidelines  
4.4.4 Brighton and Hove Missing Education Practice Guidelines  
4.4.5 Young People’s Accommodation and Support Pathway: Missing Children (16/17 year olds) in Supported Accommodation Procedure    

5. Looked After Children


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Corporate Parenting Strategy  
5.1.2 The Pledge (Our Promises to You)  
5.1.3 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.5 Welfare Checklist  
5.1.6 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
5.1.7 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
5.1.8 Permanence Policy Updated
5.1.9 Placements in Foster Care and Residential Care  
5.1.10 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
5.1.11 Children Looked After being Placed Outside Brighton and Hove and Children Being Placed in Brighton and Hove by Other Local Authorities  
5.1.12 Placements in Secure Accommodation Updated
5.1.13 Placements with Parents (Procedures and Forms are Available on One Space under The Child’s Journey / Children Looked After / Placement with Parents) Updated
5.1.14 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.15 Delegated Authority to Foster Carers  
5.1.16 Consents  



Family and Friends (Connected Persons) and Special Guardianship

5.2.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
5.2.2 Family and Friends (Connected Persons)  
5.2.3 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated



Meetings and Reviews

5.3.1 Looked After Reviews  
5.3.2 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.3.3 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
5.3.4 Promoting Effective and Responsible Practice Between Brighton and Hove Youth Offending Service and Brighton and Hove Children’s Social Work  
5.3.5 Practice Recognition and Issue Resolution Process  
5.3.6 Post Placement Arrangements  
5.3.7 Placement Stability Meetings  
5.3.8 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.3.9 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

  See also: Delegated Authority to Foster Carers  
5.4.1 Contact with Parents / Adult and Siblings  
5.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

  See also: Delegated Authority to Foster Carers  
5.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
5.5.2 Holidays and School Trips in the UK  
5.5.3 Holidays and School Trips Outside the UK  



Health and Wellbeing

5.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Health Care Plans  
5.6.2 Immunisations Guidance  
5.6.3 Sexual Health and Relationships  
  See also: HIV and Hepatitis  
5.6.4 Smoking and Looked After Children (including e-cigarettes)  




5.7.1 Changing a Child's Name  
5.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child  



Looked After Guidance

5.8.1 Child Trust Fund Updated
5.8.2 Criminal Injuries Compensation  
5.8.3 Life Story Policy and Guidance  
5.8.4 Applications for British Citizenship for Looked After Children  



Leaving Care and Transition

5.9.1 Leaving Care Policy  
5.9.2 The Leaving Care Pledge  
  See also: The Pledge (Our Promises to You)  
5.9.3 Staying Put Policy and Practice Guidance  
5.9.4 Guidance and Procedure for the Deregulation of Eligible Children  
5.9.5 Pathway Plan Reviews  
5.9.6 Joint Protocol for Care Leavers  
5.9.7 Personal Advisors  
5.9.8 Use of 'Unsuitable Accommodation' for Young People aged 16 – 21 yrs  
5.9.9 Financial Support for Care Leavers  
5.9.10 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody Updated
5.9.11 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services Updated

6. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

  Fostering Minimum Standards  
6.1.1 Fostering Panel  
6.1.2 Disqualified Persons  
6.1.3 Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.4 Assessment of Dogs  
6.1.5 Council Employees who Foster  
6.1.6 Parent and Baby Placements  
6.1.7 Standards of Care Procedure for Foster Carers (Brighton and Hove Foster Carer's Handbook)  
6.1.8 Guidance for Supervising Social Workers when Foster Carers Separate  
6.1.9 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
6.1.10 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
6.1.11 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.12 Allegations Against Foster Carers  



Foster Carers’ Guidance

  Brighton and Hove Foster Carer’s Handbook  
6.2.1 Substance Misuse: Guidance for Foster Carers  
6.2.2 Assessment of Approved Foster Carers Transferring from IFAs to Brighton and Hove - Guidance for S/Ws  
6.2.3 Contact and Foster Carers  
6.2.4 Fostering Panel Guidance  
6.2.5 Foster Carer Support Policy  
6.2.6 Safe Caring Procedures  
6.2.7 Intensive Foster Placements  

7. Adoption and Permanence

  Adoption National minimum Standards  
7.1.1 Adoption and Permanence Statement of Purpose Updated
7.1.2 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
  See also: Assessment of Dogs  
7.1.3 Adoption and Permanence Panel  
7.1.4 Adoption and Permanence Panel Constitution and Terms of Reference  
7.1.5 Adoption Register Guidance  
7.1.6 Placement for Adoption  
7.1.7 Adoption Support Services Updated
7.1.8 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
7.1.9 Adoption Plan Reviews Updated
7.1.10 Disruption Meetings  
7.1.11 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
7.1.12 Assessment and Approval of Inter Country Adopters  
7.1.13 Non Agency Adoptive Placements  
7.1.14 Adopted Persons' Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
7.1.15 Intermediary Services  
7.1.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance  

8. Key Information

8.1 Notification of Significant Events  
8.2 Local Keywords  
8.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
8.4 Amendments