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February 2024

Equality and Diversity

This chapter was added to the manual in February 2024.

Leisure Activities

Children's Consultation and Participation

Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles

Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management

Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers

Supervision Policy, Standards and Guidance

Storage of Data on Mobile Devices

Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care and Safeguarding Staff

Recording Policy and Guidelines

Child Protection

Care Planning

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

Aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

Supervision and Support of Foster Carers

Risk Assessment and Planning

Guidance on Visits to Children in Residential Homes

Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams

Notifications of Significant Events

This chapter was refreshed in February 2024.

Placements with Connected Persons

Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers

Out of Area Placements

Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placement Providers

Placements Outside England and Wales

Placements in Other Arrangements

Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings

Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews

Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint

Contact with Parents/Adults and Siblings

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

Personal Care and Relationships

Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays)

Direct Payments

Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Looked After and Child in Need)

Health and Safety

Placements with Parents

Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers

Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation

Supporting the Education and Promoting the Achievement of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK

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

Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline

Access to Records/Subject Access Requests

Capacity and Consent

Case Records and Retention

Electronic Recording of Meetings and Conversations

Confidentiality Policy

Family and Friends Care

Permanence Planning Guidance

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Private Fostering

Local Authority's Sufficiency Duty - Accommodation for Looked After Children

Ceasing to Look After a Child

Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers

Assessment and Approvals of Foster Carers

Placement Planning and Disruption Meetings

Providing Personalised Care

Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services

Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children

Allegations Against Foster Carers

Persons Disqualified from Fostering

Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval

Placement for Adoption

Adoption Support

Training and Development of Foster Carers

Adoption Panel

Court Reports in Placement Order Applications and Adoption/Special Guardianship Guidance

Disruption of Adoptive Placements

Later Life Letters

Life Story Books Guidance

Inter Country Adoption

Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted

Non Agency Adoption

Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records

Early Permanence: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters

Intermediary Services

Adoption Reviews

Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements

Fostering Panel

Decision to Look After

Adoption Case Records

Contacts and Referrals


This chapter was updated in February 2024.

Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children

Advocacy and Independent Visitors

Complaints and Representations

Applications for Emergency Protection Orders

Health Care Assessments and Plans

List of Agency Decision Makers, Designated Managers and Nominated Officers

Leaving Care and Transition

Staying Put

Local Contacts

Child Protection Enquiries (Section 47)

Child in Need Plans and Reviews

Looked After Reviews

Placements in Foster Care

Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds

Applications for Special Guardianship Orders

Short Breaks

Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters

Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings

Relinquished Children

Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Young Carers


Placements in Residential Care