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Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Procedures 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. Prevention, Parenting and Family Support
  4. Children in Particular Circumstances
  5. Children in Care
  6. Fostering and Adoption
  7. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Trust Values (intranet access is required)  
1.1.2 Employee Code of Conduct  
1.1.3 Children's Consultation and Participation  
1.1.4 Practice Standards Checklist  
1.1.5 Performance, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Framework  
1.1.6 Advocacy for Children and Young People  
1.1.7 Supervision Policy  



Early Help

1.2.1 Early Help Practice Handbook - Multi Agency Procedures for Practitioners  
1.2.2 Multi Agency Levels of Need 2017 (Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership)  



Children's Services Trust - Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Children and Families Assessment  
1.3.3 Cross Border Child Protection Cases Under the Hague Convention  
1.3.4 Using Family Owned Safety Plans in Child Protection Work  



Court Proceedings

1.4.1 Public Law Outline - Pre Proceedings Practice Guidance  
1.4.2 Legal Advice and Court Preparation - A General Guide for Children's Social Workers  
1.4.3 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings  
1.4.4 Guidance on Directions made under Section 38(6)  



Safeguarding in Children’s Social Care

1.5.1 Action Following the Death of or Serious Injury to a Child (Including Children in Care)  
1.5.2 South Yorkshire Missing from Home and Care Protocol  
1.5.3 Missing Procedures – Supplementary Guidance for Staff  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.6.1 Complaints  
1.6.2 Whistleblowing Policy  



Dispute Resolution

1.7.1 Child Protection Safeguarding and Standards Dispute Resolution Protocol  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Access to Records  
2.3 Audio Recording and Filming of Meetings  
  See also: Practice Standards Checklist  

3. Prevention, Parenting and Family Support

3.1 Parenting and Family Support Service (PAFSS) – Policies and Procedures  
3.2 Parenting and Family Support Practice Guide and Outcomes Framework  
3.3 Parenting Programmes Quality Assurance Framework  
3.4 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
3.5 Private Fostering  
3.6 Family Group Conference Procedure  
3.7 Young Carers Updated
3.8 Joint Protocol Between Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Doncaster MBC and St. Leger Homes for Young People Aged 16-17 years at Risk of Homelessness  
3.9 Children in Need and Looked After Children Payments Policy  

4. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

4.1.1 Children and Young People 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
4.1.2 Children with Disabilities  
4.1.3 Direct Payments  
4.1.4 Short Breaks and Children in Care  
4.1.5 Doncaster Short Breaks Offer  



Children from Abroad

4.2.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
4.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds  



Children Affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse

4.3.1 Domestic Abuse Navigators (DANs)Practice Guide and Outcomes Framework  



Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity

4.4.1 Deprivation of Liberty  
4.4.2 Mental Capacity  

5. Children in Care


Decision to Look After and Care Planning

5.1.1 Looked After Children Sufficiency Plan and Strategy (2017 - 2020)  
5.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
5.1.3 Children who are Subject to a Child Protection Plan who become Looked After  
5.1.4 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
5.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance  
5.1.6 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
5.1.7 Placements in Foster Care  
5.1.8 Where Long Term Fostering is the Care Plan  
5.1.9 Resource Panel - Terms of Reference  
5.1.10 Placements in Residential Care  
5.1.11 Purchased Placements  
5.1.12 Family and Friends / Connected Persons Policy  
5.1.13 Immediate Placements of Children in Care with Connected Persons  
5.1.14 Remand to Local Authority/Children's Services Trust Accommodation or a Remand to Youth Detention Accommodation  
5.1.15 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
5.1.16 Placements with Parents  
5.1.17 Out of Area Placements  
5.1.18 Placements Outside England and Wales  
5.1.19 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
5.1.20 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
  See also: Children in Need and Looked After Children Payments Policy  



Monitoring and Reviews

5.2.1 Social Worker Visits to Children in Care  
5.2.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.2.3 Children in Care in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
5.2.4 Looked After Reviews  
5.2.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
5.2.6 Keeping on Track Meeting - Guidance and Procedure New
5.2.7 Notification of Significant Events Updated



Family Time and Overnight Stays

5.3.1 Family Time / Contact with Parents, other Adults and Siblings  
5.3.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
5.3.3 Visits to Children in Long-Term Residential Care  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

5.4.1 Education of Children in Care and Previously Looked After Children  
5.4.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
5.4.3 Doncaster Council Elective Home Education Procedures  



Health and Wellbeing

5.5.1 Health Assessments and Health Recommendation Plans  
5.5.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
5.5.3 Behaviour Management  
5.5.4 Children or Young People who go Missing from their Foster Placement  
5.5.5 Anti-Bullying Policy  
5.5.6 Anti-Bullying Procedure  




5.6.1 Change of Name of a Child in Care  
5.6.2 Marriage of a Child in Care  
5.6.3 Child Trust Funds and Junior Individual Savings Accounts for Children in Care  



Leaving Care and Transition

5.7.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
5.7.2 Making a Referral to the 16+ Service  
5.7.3 Staying Put Policy  
5.7.4 The Staying Put Scheme - Information for Foster Carers  
5.7.5 Responsibilities of the Trust to Former Children in Care in Custody  



Children in Care and the Youth Offending Service

  See also: Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System  
5.8.1 Policy and Protocol for the Prevention of Offending of Children in Care  
5.8.2 Children in Care (CiC): YOS Protocol for Working Together with other Agencies  
5.8.3 Protocol for Youth Offending Teams Supervising Doncaster Children In Care, Placed Out of Borough  
5.8.4 YOS Protocol for caretaking Children In Care from out of area who are accommodated in Doncaster  
5.8.5 Remands to Local Authority / Children's Services Trust Accommodation and Youth Detention Accommodation  

6. Fostering and Adoption

  See also: Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 4: Fostering Services  



Fostering Services

6.1.1 Trust Fostering - Statement of Purpose  
6.1.2 Children’s Guides - Your Guide to Being Fostered  
6.1.3 Fostering Panel  
6.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
6.1.5 Recruitment, Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers  
6.1.6 Exemptions  
6.1.7 Extension/Variation to the Foster Carer’s Terms of Approval  
6.1.8 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers Updated
6.1.9 Critical Incidents in Foster Placements  
6.1.10 Guidance on Safer Caring Plan  
  See also: Children or Young People who go Missing from their Foster Placement  
6.1.11 Foster Carers Record Keeping and Retention  
6.1.12 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
6.1.13 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
6.1.14 Foster Carers and Baby-sitting  
6.1.15 Family Placement and Smoking Policy  
6.1.16 Disability Living Allowance - Children in Care in Foster Placements  
6.1.17 Behaviour Management Policy for All Foster Carers  
  See also: The Staying Put Scheme - Information for Foster Carers  
6.1.18 Foster Carers who Wish to Adopt  
6.1.19 Guidance for Supervising Social Workers when Foster Carers Separate  
6.1.20 Foster Carers who are also Childminders  
6.1.21 Early Permanence Placements / Fostering for Adoption  




6.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters  
6.2.2 Adoption Panel  
  See: Family Placement and Smoking Policy  
6.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
6.2.4 Procedure for the Placement of Relinquished Babies  
6.2.5 Adoption Support  
6.2.6 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.7 Adoption Reviews  
6.2.8 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
6.2.9 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
6.2.10 Inter Country Adoption  
6.2.11 Non Agency Adoption  
6.2.12 Adoption Case Records  
6.2.13 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
6.2.14 Intermediary Services  
6.2.15 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
6.2.16 Court Reports in Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Updated
6.2.17 The Letterbox Scheme  
6.2.18 Life Story Work Procedures  
6.2.19 Later Life Letters  

7. Appendices

7.1 Corporate Governance and Scheme of Delegation  
7.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
7.3 Amendments