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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


Policy, Values and Principles

1.1.1 Children's Services Policies, Values and Principles  
1.1.2 Consultation Policy  
1.1.3 Equality and Diversity  



Early Help and Thresholds for Children's Social Care Services

1.2.1 Effective Support for Families in Merton
(Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.2.2 Merton Children and Families Hub
(Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership)
1.2.3 Children's Emergency and Out of Hours Procedure  
1.2.4 Family Group Conferences  
1.2.5 Capacity and Consent Updated
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Children's Social Care Assessment and Planning

1.3.1 Single Assessment Guidance  



Children in Need

1.4.1 Children in Need Plans and Reviews  



Child Protection

1.5.1 London Safeguarding Children Procedures  
1.5.2 Dispute Resolution for Conference Chairs New



Legal Proceedings

1.6.1 Application for Emergency Protection Orders  
1.6.2 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline Updated
1.6.3 Legal Gateway/Planning Meetings  
  See also: Family Justice Resource Hub (ADCS) - This hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance, which will be of interest to those working in the family justice system.  




1.7.1 Death or Serious Injury to a Child (Including Looked After and Child in Need)  
1.7.2 Notifications from Other Local Authorities  
1.7.3 Notifications of Significant Events  



Complaints and Whistleblowing

1.8.1 Complaints and Representations  
1.8.2 Whistleblowing  
1.8.3 Confidentiality Policy  
  See also: Merton's Whistleblowing (Intranet link)  

2. Case Management and Recording

2.1 Quality Assurance Framework Updated
2.2 Supervision Policy and Procedure for Registered Social Workers Employed by London Borough of Merton  
2.3 Case File Transfer Protocol  
2.4 Caseload Allocation Policy  
2.5 Case Recording Practitioner Guidance  
2.6 Chronology Guidance  
2.7 Joint Working Protocol for Youth Justice and Other Teams in Children's Social Care  
2.8 Access to Records  
  See also: Access to Birth Records and Adoption Case Records  
2.9 Children’s Services – Retention of Records  
3.0 Storage of Data on Mobile Devices  

3. Children in Particular Circumstances


Children with Disabilities

3.1.1 Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Updated
3.1.2 Social Care Children with Disabilities Team  
3.1.3 Procedure for Transition of Young People with Disabilities from Children's to Adults Services in Merton  
3.1.4 Placing and Visiting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Health Conditions in Long-Term Residential Settings  



Children from Abroad

3.2.1 Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Care Leavers Updated
3.2.2 Families with No Recourse to Public Funds Updated




3.3.1 Joint Protocol for the Assessment of Housing and Support Needs of Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds  



Friends and Family Care

3.4.1 Family and Friends Care Policy  
3.4.2 Private Fostering  



Young Carers

3.5.1 Young Carers  



Children Involved in the Youth Justice System

3.6.1 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services  
3.6.2 Responsibilities of the Local Authority to Former Looked After Children and Young People in Custody  
3.6.3 Children Involved in the Youth Justice System: Additional National Guidance  
  See also: Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation  



Safeguarding and Child Protection

3.7.1 Children Missing from Home and Care Policy  
3.7.2 Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - Advice for Multi Agency Practitioners
(Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership)



Mental Health

3.8.1 Aftercare Under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1989  

4. Looked After Children

  See also: Merton LAC Pledge  


Decision to Look After

4.1.1 LAC Placement Sufficiency Strategy  
4.1.2 Decision to Look After Updated
4.1.3 Care Planning  
4.1.4 Permanence Planning Guidance  
4.1.5 Placement Planning Meetings  
4.1.6 Disruption Meetings  
4.1.7 Placement Moves and Endings  
4.1.8 Risk Assessment and Planning  
4.1.9 Providing Personalised Care  
  See also: NICE Guideline: Looked After Children and Young People  
  Promoting Wellbeing and Positive Identity for a Child or Young Person Who is Looked After: A Quick Guide for Social Workers and Social Care Practitioners (SCIE)  




4.2.1 Placement Requests: Making LAC Placements with ART  
4.2.2 Placements with Parents  
4.2.3 Placement with Connected Persons Foster Carers  
4.2.4 Placements in Foster Care  
4.2.5 Placements in Residential Care  
4.2.6 Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds  
4.2.7 Out of Area Placements  
4.2.8 Placements Outside England and Wales  
4.2.9 Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Updated
4.2.10 Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers  
4.2.11 Placements in Other Arrangements Updated
4.2.12 Health and Safety Updated



Monitoring and Reviews

4.3.1 Social Worker Visits to Looked After Children  
4.3.2 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
4.3.3 Looked After Reviews  
4.3.4 Procedure Regarding Reviews for Children Looked After (CLA) and Schedule of Social Work Visits  
4.3.5 Appointment and Role of Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.6 Dispute Resolution for Independent Reviewing Officers  
4.3.7 Secure Accommodation (Criteria) Reviews  



Contact and Overnight Stays

4.4.1 Guidance on Contact for Children in Care  
4.4.2 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
4.4.3 Overnight Stays and Social Visits  



Education, School Trips and Holidays

4.5.1 Supporting the Education and Promoting the Achievement of Children with a Social Worker, Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Updated
4.5.2 Holidays and School Trips In and Outside the UK  
4.5.3 Leisure Activities  



Health and Wellbeing

4.6.1 LAC Health Care Assessments and Plans Updated
4.6.2 Personal Care and Relationships  
4.6.3 Positive Relationships and Behaviour Management  
4.6.4 Restrictive Physical Intervention and Restraint  



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  



Leaving Care and Transition

4.8.1 Leaving Care Updated
4.8.2 Staying Put Policy  
4.8.3 Reunification for Children Accommodated Under Section 20 (1989 Act)  
4.8.4 Young People Aged 16 and 17 Years Ceasing to be Looked After  

5. Fostering and Adoption


Fostering Services

5.1.1 Merton Standards of Care Procedures  
5.1.2 Persons Disqualified from Fostering  
5.1.3 Assessments 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  
5.1.8 Training and Development of Foster Carers  
  See also: Early Permanence: Fostering for Adoption, Concurrent Planning and Temporary Approval as Foster Carers of Approved Prospective Adopters  



Adoption and Permanence Services

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



Special Guardianship and Other Permanence Arrangements

5.3.1 Special Guardianship Orders Updated
5.3.2 Court Reports in Adoption, Placement and Special Guardianship Order Applications: Guidance  

6. Contacts, List of Agency Decision Makers and Appendices

6.1 Scheme of Delegation  
6.2 Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership  
6.3 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.4 Ofsted Inspection Framework New
6.5 Amendments