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13.1 Scheme of Delegation

RELATED CHAPTER

Delegation of Authority to Foster Carers and Residential Workers Procedure

NOTE

Consent to life-ending withdrawal of medical support for a child will require an application to the High Court even if all relevant parties are in agreement. Legal advice must be sought as a matter of urgency.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in November 2021.

This chapter is currently under review.


Children’s Social Care: Decision Making Matrix

Caption: Scheme of Delegation
     
Task Who makes the decision/ signs off work Notes
     
Child/ren in Need    
Contact / Referral Team Manager  
Section 47 investigation Team Manager  
Strategy discussion/meeting with Police Team Manager  
Allocation of case Team Manager Allocation to suitably qualified and/or experienced worker
Single Assessment Team Manager  
Override Parental Consent in assessment process Team Manager  
Child in Need Plan Team Manager  
Section 17 Payment Social Worker/Advanced Social Work Practitioner
Team Manager
Service Manager
 
Child Protection Case Conference Team Manager  
Child Protection Conference report Team Manager  
Child Protection Review Conference report Team Manager  
Public Law Outline Area Manager  
Request for funding for Treatment / Assessment Service Manager  
Section 37 reports for court in private law proceedings Team Manager  
Regulation of Investigation Powers Head of Service  
     
Looked After Child/ren    
Emergency placement requests / Agency Service Manager Team Manager to obtain Area Manager approval
Section 20 Accommodation Area Manager  
Care Proceedings Area Manager  
Emergency Protection Order Area Manager  
Temporary approval of placement with connected person Service Manager Papers provided need Area Manager approval
Placement with Parent/s approval Service Manager  
Care Plan in Court Proceedings Team Manager
Area Manager
Team Manager will check and sign off plan before this goes to Area/ Service Manager for sign off
LAC Care Plan Team Manager  
LAC Review report Team Manager  
Commissioning Panel - Request for Resource Team Manager
Area Manager
Service Manager
Head of Service
 
Joint Commissioning Panel Team Manager
Area Manager
Service Manager
Head of Service
 
Medical Consent for Treatment Team Manager
Area Manager
Refer to Medical consent procedures
Request for funding for Treatment / Assessment as part of care proceedings Service Manager Papers provided need Area Manager approval
Child Arrangements Order report for Permanence Panel Team Manager
Area Manager
 
Child Arrangements Order Allowance Head of Service Request has to be recommended at Permanence Panel
Special Guardianship report for Permanence Panel Team Manager
Area Manager
 
Special Guardianship Allowance Head of Service Request has to be recommended at Permanence Panel
Child’s Permanence Report for Adoption Panel Team Manager
Area Manager
 
Approval for    
Life Work including life book and later in life letter Advanced Social Work Practitioner This is a task to quality assure the work involved
Regulation 44 Children’s Homes Service Manager Resources  
Foster Carer exemptions/out of category approval Service Manager Resources  
Placement change at Key stage 4 requires approval of nominated officer Service Manager  

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