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Merton Children's Services - Contents

May 2017

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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. Safeguarding and Early Help
  3. Children in Need
  4. Child Protection
  5. Children with Disabilities
  6. Children in Particular Circumstances
  7. Looked After Children
  8. Fostering and Adoption
  9. Case Management and Practice Guidance
  10. Appendices

1. All Children


Policy Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children’s Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Merton Well Being Model - under review  
1.1.3 Children Schools and Families Performance Management Framework (Intranet link)  
1.1.4 Merton’s Young Peoples Participation Promise  

2. Safeguarding and Early Help


Early Help

2.1.1 Common and Shared Assessment (CASA) Process  
2.1.2 Multi-Agency Meetings: Team Around the Child (TAC) and Team Around the Family (TAF) Meetings  
2.1.3 Role of the Lead Coordinator/Lead Practitioner  
2.1.4 Early Help Guide for Practitioners  
2.1.5 Family Information Services Directory  
  See also: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, Assessing Need and Providing Help  




2.2.1 Merton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) New
2.2.2 MASH Guidance for Professionals  



Emergency and Out of Hours Protocol

2.3.1 Children's Emergency and Out of Hours Procedure  
  HM Courts & Tribunal Service (London) – Letter: Important Changes and New Arrangements to the Handling of Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs) during ‘Out of Hours’ in the Family Courts, (May 2015)  



Statutory Assessment

2.4.1 Assessments Under the Children’s Act  
2.4.2 Single Assessment Guidance Updated

3. Children in Need

3.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  

4. Child Protection

4.1 London Safeguarding Children Board Procedures  
4.2 Children Subject to Child Protection Plans Who Become Looked After Children - Process Flowchart New

5. Children with Disabilities

5.1 Children’s Disability Service Updated
5.2 Local Offer  
5.3 Education Health and Care Assessment Framework  
5.4 Direct Payments  
5.5 Short Breaks  
5.6 Transport for Students with a Special Educational Need or Disability New

6. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children Missing from Home, Care or Education

6.1.1 Children Missing from Home and Care Policy - under review  
6.1.2 Children Missing from Education  



Child Sexual Exploitation

6.2.1 Merton Safeguarding Board Children's Board - Advice for Multi Agency Practitioners  



Children Taken Care of by Others

6.3.1 Family and Friends Care Policy Updated
6.3.2 Private Fostering Updated



Children from Abroad

6.4.1 Trafficked and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  
6.4.2 Policy and Practice Guidance in Respect of No Recourse to Public Funds Cases Updated



Children in Other Circumstances

6.5.1 Young Carers  
6.5.2 Joint Protocol for the Assessment of Housing and Support Needs of Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds Updated
6.5.3 Children and Young People Suspected of Sexually Harmful Behaviour and Sexual Offending  
6.5.4 Guidance for Working with Children and Young People who are Vulnerable to the Messages of Radicalisation and Extremism  
6.5.5 Merton’s Travellers Education Service  
6.5.6 Traveller Families - Housing Guidance  
6.5.7 Children Not Collected from School or After School Provision  



Health Advice and Support

6.6.1 Teenage Pregnancy Updated
6.6.2 Substance Misuse New
6.6.3 Mental Health and Self Harm Updated
6.6.4 Joint Protocol for Safeguarding Children and Families with Mental Health and / or Drug and Alcohol Needs - draft  
6.6.5 E-Safety and Mobile Phones  
6.6.6 Physical Contact and Physical Intervention In the Management of Children and Young People  
6.6.7 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Including Looked After and Child In Need) Updated
6.6.8 The Outdoor Education Handbook: ‘There and Back Again’  

7. Looked After Children

  LAC Pledge  


Care Planning for Looked After Children

7.1.1 Care Planning for Looked After Children Updated
7.1.2 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
7.1.3 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
7.1.4 Public Law Outline Guidance for Practitioners Updated
7.1.5 Permanence Planning Guidance Updated
7.1.6 Legal Planning Meetings Updated
7.1.7 Family Group Conference  
7.1.8 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated




7.2.1 LAC Placement Sufficiency Strategy  
7.2.2 Placement Requests: Access to Resources Making LAC Placements with ART  
7.2.3 Residential Placements Contracts Monitoring New
7.2.4 Placement Planning Meetings  
7.2.5 Disruption Meetings Updated
7.2.6 Placements in Foster Care Updated
7.2.7 Placements in Residential Care Updated
7.2.8 Out of Area Placements Updated
7.2.9 Placement with Connected Persons Foster Carers Updated
7.2.10 Secure Accommodation: Policy and Practice Guidance Updated
7.2.11 Placements with Parents Updated
7.2.12 Placement Moves and Endings  
7.2.13 Placements Outside England and Wales Updated
7.2.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities Updated
7.2.15 Notifications of Significant Events  



Monitoring and Reviews

7.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children Updated
7.3.2 Procedure Regarding Reviews for Children Looked After (CLA) and Schedule of Social Work Visits New
7.3.3 Advocacy and Independent Visitors Updated
7.3.4 Looked After Reviews Updated
7.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers Updated
7.3.6 Dispute Resolution Process for Independent Reviewing Officers - under review  
7.3.7 Dispute Resolution Protocol Updated
7.3.8 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews Updated



Education, Health and Wellbeing

7.4.1 Education of Looked After Children Updated
7.4.2 LAC Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
7.4.3 London Borough of Merton Guidance on Pocket Money and Savings Updated
7.4.4 Personal Care and Relationships Updated
7.4.5 Behaviour Support and Safe Caring  
7.4.6 Administration of Medication in Foster Placements Procedure  
7.4.7 Hepatitis B Policy  



Contact and Visiting Arrangements

7.5.1 Guidance on Contact for Children in Care  
7.5.2 Contact with Parents and Siblings Updated
7.5.3 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  
7.5.4 Questions to be Considered when Making Decisions about Newborn Babies and Infant Contact  



Leaving Care and Transition

7.6.1 Leaving Care  
7.6.2 Financial Arrangements for Care Leavers Updated
7.6.3 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
7.6.4 Staying Put Policy  
7.6.5 Reunification for Children Accommodated Under Section 20 (1989 Act)  
7.6.6 Young People Aged 16 and 17 Years Ceasing to be Looked After  




7.7.1 Change of Name of a Looked After Child  
7.7.2 Marriage of a Looked After Child Updated

8. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

8.1.1 Foster Carers’ Charter Updated
8.1.2 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers  
8.1.3 Merton Standards of Care Procedures Updated
8.1.4 Persons Disqualified from Fostering Updated
8.1.5 Assessments and Approvals of Foster Carers Updated
8.1.6 Exemptions and Extensions/Variations to Foster Carer Approval Updated
8.1.7 Supervision and Support of Foster Carers  
8.1.8 Review and Termination of Foster Carers Updated
8.1.9 Allegations Against Foster Carers Updated
8.1.10 Adoption, Fostering and Permanence Panel Updated
  See also Placement Moves and Endings  
8.1.11 Placement Requests: Access to Resources Making LAC Placements with ART Updated



Adoption and Permanence

8.2.1 Assessment and Approval of Prospective Adopters Updated
8.2.2 Placement for Adoption Updated
8.2.3 Adoption Support Updated
8.2.4 Monitoring and Supervision of Adoptive Placements  
8.2.5 Adoption Reviews  
8.2.6 Disruption of Adoptive Placements  
8.2.7 Allegations Against Prospective Adopters and in Relation to Children Placed for Adoption or Already Adopted Updated
8.2.8 Inter Country Adoption  
8.2.9 Non Agency Adoption  
8.2.10 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
8.2.11 Adoption Case Records  
8.2.12 Intermediary Services  
8.2.13 Special Guardianship Orders Updated
8.2.14 Court Reports in Adoption, Placement and Special Guardianship Order Applications: Guidance Updated
8.2.15 Life Story Work  
8.2.16 Later Life Letters  
8.2.17 Child Appreciation Days  
8.2.18 Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  
8.2.19 Placing Relinquished Babies and Children for Adoption Updated



Guidance on Allowances and Support


Merton Guidance on Adoption Allowances and Support

Adoption Allowances and Support Forms/Letters

Guidance on Special Guardianship Allowances and Support

Special Guardianship Allowances and Support Forms/Letters

Guidance on Child Arrangements and Allowances and Support

Child Arrangements - Allowances and Support Forms/Letters

8.3.4 Guidance on Overpayment of Adoption/Special Guardianship and Child Arrangements Order Allowances  

9. Case Management and Practice Guidance


Case Management and Practice Guidance

9.1.1 Quality Assurance Framework  
9.1.2 Merton's Practice Standards  
9.1.3 Observation of Practice Model Guidance  




9.2.1 Supervision Policy and Procedure for Registered Social Workers Employed by London Borough of Merton - Under Review  
9.2.2 Social Worker Supervision: Information and Guidance - Under Review  



Case Management and Recording

9.3.1 Case File Transfer Protocol Updated
9.3.2 Caseload Allocation Policy  
9.3.3 Case Recording Practitioner Guidance Updated
9.3.4 Chronology Guidance  
9.3.5 Access to Records Updated
9.3.6 Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records Updated



Staffing Policies

9.4.1 Complaints and Representations  

Whistle blowing

See also Merton’s Whistle blowing
9.4.3 Confidentiality Policy Updated
9.4.4 Consultation Policy  

10. Appendices

10.1 Merton Safeguarding Children Board  
10.2 Scheme of Delegation Updated
10.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
10.4 Amendments