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Childhood First Procedures Manual Contents List

June 2017

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Procedures and guidance contained in this manual are sub-divided into parts, as listed below. To access the part you require, click on the relevant part title.

This manual is currently undergoing a review and revision exercise by Childhood First and a new manual will be available by the end of 2016.



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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. Ethos and Policy Framework
  2. Planning for Care
  3. Standards of Care and Control
  4. Contact with Family and Friends
  5. Personal Care, Safeguarding and Protection
  6. Health, Wellbeing and Education
  7. Privacy and Personal Care
  8. Staffing, Management and Administration
  9. Management, Administration and Finance
  10. Appendices


1. Ethos and Policy Framework

1.1 Statement of Purpose  
1.2 Integrated Systemic Therapy Policy  
1.3 Equality, Diversity and Rights  
1.4 Caring for Children from minority Ethnic Groups  
1.5 Case Recording Policy and Staff Guidance Updated
1.6 Log Book and Diary Recording  
1.7 Organisational Structure  
1.8 Delegated Authority and Notifiable Events  
1.9 Codes of Practice  


2. Planning for Care

2.1 Admissions Policy  
2.2 Risk Taking and Assessments  
2.3 Consents Guidance  
2.4 Care and Placement Plans Guidance  
2.5 Health Care Assessments and Plans  
2.6 Placement Planning Meetings  
2.7 Looked After Reviews  
2.8 Preparation for Leaving Care  
2.9 Leaving the Home  
2.10 Integrated Children's System (ICS) Guidance  


3. Standards of Care and Control

3.1 Care and Control Policy  
3.2 Key/Link Worker Guidance  
3.3 Sanctions  
3.4 Missing from Care (Absent/Missing Children) Updated
3.5 Dealing with Aggression and Violence  
3.6 Restrictive Physical Intervention  
3.7 Searching Children/Bedrooms  
3.8 The Police  


4. Contact with Family and Friends

4.1 Contact with Parents and Siblings  
4.2 Social Visits (Including Overnight Stays) Updated
4.3 Correspondence, Communication and Social Networking  


5. Personal Care, Safeguarding and Protection

5.1 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy  
5.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Updated
5.3 Relationships and Physical Contact with Children  
5.4 Spending One to One Time with Children  
5.5 Recognising Abuse Guidance  
5.6 Child Protection Referrals  
5.7 Allegations Against Staff Updated
5.8 Confidential Reporting  
5.9 Representations and Complaints  
5.10 Countering Bullying  
5.11 Self Harming  
5.12 Drugs and Substance Misuse  
5.13 Sleeping In and Night Security  
5.14 Fire Safety  
5.15 Accidents  
5.16 Social Worker Visits  
5.17 Advocacy and Independent Visitors  
5.18 Visitors  
5.19 E-Safety  


6. Health, Wellbeing and Education

6.1 Health and Wellbeing Policy  
6.2 Smoking and Alcohol  
6.3 Health Notifications and Access to Services  
6.4 First Aid, Home Remedies and Medication  
6.5 Sexual Health and Relationships Updated
6.6 Education  
6.7 HIV, AIDS and Blood Borne Viruses  
6.8 Holidays and School Trips  


7. Privacy and Personal Care

7.1 Provision and Preparation of Meals  
7.2 Leisure and Activities  
7.3 Bedrooms  


8. Staffing, Management and Administration

8.1 Recruitment and Selection  
8.2 Staff Supervision  
8.3 Managing Poor Performance Guidance  
8.4 Appraisals  
8.5 Absence/Sickness  
8.6 Gift Giving and Receiving  
8.7 Home Working  
8.8 Pensions Provision  
8.9 Personal Relationship at Work  
8.10 Stress Management  
8.11 Harassment  
8.12 Flexible Working Requests  
8.13 Maternity, Paternity, Parental Leave and Time off for Dependant  
8.14 Adoption Leave  
8.15 Bereavement and Compassionate Leave  
8.16 Disciplinary Procedures  
8.17 Complaints and Grievances from Employees  
8.18 Whistleblowing  
8.19 Outreach Work and Contact with Ex Residents  
8.20 Redundancy Policy  
8.21 Training Policy  


9. Management, Administration and Finance

9.1 Health and Safety Policy  
9.2 Health And Safety Centres  
9.3 Rostering and Handover Procedures  
9.4 Monitoring Quality  
9.5 Records Management  
9.6 Access to Records  
9.7 Encounters with the Media  
9.8 Petty Cash  
9.9 Reserves Policy  
9.10 Transport Policy Children  
9.11 Mileage Allowances  
9.12 Repairs and Maintenance  
9.13 IT Policy  
9.14 Environmental Management  


10. Appendices

10.1 Local Keywords  
10.2 Glossary of Psychoanalytic Terms  
10.3 Everyday Training Opportunities  
10.4 Amendments  

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