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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 Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices


1. All Children

1.1

Policy, Values and Principles

 
1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Children's Consultation and Participation  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

1.2

Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

 
1.2.1 Early Help Workflow  
1.2.2 Lambeth Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance  
1.2.3 Capacity and Consent Updated
  See also: Local Resources  


 

1.3

Children's Social Care - Assessment and Planning

 
1.3.1 Contacts and Referrals  
1.3.2 Assessments  
1.3.3 Lambeth Pre-Birth Assessment Practice Guidance (Local Resources) Updated
1.3.4 Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)  
  See: London Child Protection Procedures  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

1.4

Child in Need

 
1.4.1 Child in Need Plans and Reviews  
  See also: FSCP Practice Standards (Local Resources)  


 

1.5

Legal Proceedings

 
1.5.1 Applications for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.5.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.5.3 Legal Planning Meetings  
1.5.4 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings (October 2013)  
  See: Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

1.6

Complaints and Whistleblowing

 
1.6.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.6.2 Lambeth Whistleblowing Policy  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

1.7

Notifications

 
1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child In Need)  
  See also: Local Resources  


2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Recording Policy and Guidelines  
2.2 Case Records and Retention  
2.3 Access to Records / Subject Access Requests  
2.4 Confidentiality Policy
2.5 Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations
2.6 Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff  
2.7 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  
  See also: Local Resources  


3. Children in Particular Circumstances

3.1

Children with Disabilities

 
3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
3.1.2 Direct Payments  
3.1.3 Short Breaks  
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.2

Deprivations of Liberty and Mental Capacity

 
3.2.1 Deprivations of Liberty  
3.2.2 Mental Capacity  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.3

Child Protection

 
3.3.1 Lambeth Children's Social Care Child Sexual Exploitation Updated
3.3.2 Missing from Home and Care Protocol Updated
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.4

Children from Abroad

 
3.4.1 Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Updated
3.4.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.5

Homelessness

 
3.5.1 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  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.6

Family and Friends Care

 
3.6.1 Family and Friends Care  
3.6.2 Private Fostering  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.7

Young Carers

 
3.7.1 Young Carers  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.8

Relinquished Children

 
3.8.1 Relinquished Children
  See also: Local Resources  


 

3.9

Mental Health

 
3.9.1 Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983  
  See also: Local Resources  


4. Looked After Children

4.1

Decision to Look After and Care Planning

 
4.1.1 Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After and Care Planning  
4.1.3 Ceasing to Look After a Child  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
  See also: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
4.1.5 Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings  
4.1.6 Missing from Home and Care Protocol  
4.1.7 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.2

Placements

 
4.2.1 Placements with Parents  
4.2.2 Placements with Connected Persons  
4.2.3 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.4 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.6 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.7 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
4.2.9 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers  
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Updated
  See also: Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.2.11 Unregulated Placements Procedure Updated
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.3

Monitoring and Reviews

 
4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.5 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  
4.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.4

Contact and Overnight Stays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.4.1 Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings  
4.4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.5

Education, School Trips and Holidays

 
  See also: Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers  
4.5.1 Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children  
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.6

Health and Wellbeing

 
4.6.1 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Behaviour Management and Safe Caring  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.7

Change of Name and Marriage

 
4.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
4.7.2 Marriage/Civil Partnership of a Looked After Child  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.8

Leaving Care and Transition

 
4.8.1 Leaving Care and Transition  
4.8.2 Staying Put  
  See: Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

4.9

Youth Offending

 
  See also: Youth Justice Board National Standards and Case Management Guidelines  
4.9.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
4.9.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
  See: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  
  See also: Local Resources  


5. Fostering and Adoption

5.1

Fostering Services

 
5.1.1 Fostering Panel  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers  
5.1.4 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval  
5.1.5 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
5.1.6 Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers  
5.1.7 Allegations Against Foster Carers  
  See: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

5.2

Adoption and Permanence Services

 
5.2.1 Assessment and Approvals of Prospective Adopters  
5.2.2 Adoption Panel  
5.2.3 Placement for Adoption  
5.2.4 Adoption Support  
5.2.5 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.6 Adoption Reviews  
5.2.7 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
5.2.8 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted  
5.2.9 Inter Country Adoption  
5.2.10 Non Agency Adoption  
5.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
5.2.12 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
5.2.13 Intermediary Services  
5.2.14 Life Story Books Guidance  
5.2.15 Later Life Letters  
5.2.16 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
  See also: Local Resources  


 

5.3

Special Guardianship

 
5.3.1 Applications for Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.2 Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance Updated
  See also: Local Resources  


6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts Updated
6.2 List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers Updated
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Amendments  
  See also: Local Resources