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Quick Guide

June 2017

Welcome to this updated version of Northumberland’s Fostering and Adoption Procedures manual. This manual is regularly reviewed and will be fully updated twice a year.

This quick guide explains how the manual works.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. About this Manual
  3. Register for Updates
  4. Terminology
  5. Keywords
  6. Amendments
  7. Compliance
  8. Copyright
  9. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this Manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use these accessibility buttons

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which are on menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.


2. About this Manual

This manual contains the procedures and guidance for Northumberland Fostering and Adoption Services. We recommend users create a book mark or shortcut to the manual on their computer.


3. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated, and be informed about the briefing papers we regularly publish. Click on the ‘Register for Updates’ button on the left side of the screen, to complete and send your details to us.


4. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Home' and 'Resource' this is a generic term which means Children’s Home, Foster Home
'Child' or 'Young Person' both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
'Staff' or 'Carer' means all Staff and Carers (including) whether employed or not
'Manager' means Team Manager, it also means YOT Team Manager
'Line Manager' means the first Line Manager of a team/service
'Parent' means person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
'Social Worker' This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the Duty Social Worker or Team Manager is responsible.


5. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Child Arrangements Orders (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call these 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can search for the Keyword you need: Go to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


6. Amendments

Where revisions have been made as part of the May 2017 update, these are indicated in the contents page and a brief summary is in this Quick Guide as well as at the top of the relevant chapter.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

Planned Updates

These procedures will be regularly updated; the next update is planned for December 2017. In the first instance please contact Liz Spavin Service Manager for Family Placement liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk for further details.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your Manager.


7. Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.


8. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x and Northumberland Children's Services.


9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure

Please note, the Manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printedversions for reference purposes.

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