pdf Guidance on Financial Arrangements to Support Care Experienced Young People in Higher Education Institutions, Health and Social Care Board, 30 January 2015

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HSCB 15 Guidance on Financial Arrangements to Support Care Experienced YP in HE FEB 15.pdf

Guidance issued to Health & Social Care Trust Directors in Northern Ireland which takes effect from September 2015. An accompanying letter was issued dated 6 February 2015.

document Guidance on the Financial Arrangements to support Looked After or Care Experienced young people undertaking studies in Further Education Colleges, Health and Social Care Board, 17 May 2016

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HSCB 16 Financial arrangements FE colleges guidance 17 May 16.docx

The guidance specifies sources of financial support and the role of Trusts as the corporate parent in maximising entitlements to financial support and in ensuring that young people undertaking Further Education or Higher Education studies through further education colleges are not disadvantaged by virtue of financial barriers or care status.

pdf Leaving and After Care: Interim Regional Policy and Procedures [Children (Leaving Care) Act (NI) 2002]

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Leaving and After Care Interim Regional 2005.pdf

pdf Meeting the financial needs of care leavers age 16+ and 16 - 17 year olds assessed as homeless and/or child in need, DHSSPS, March 2009

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DHSSPS 09 Mtg the financial needs of care leavers MAR 09.pdf

Good practice guidance and resource tool to assist with joint working between Health & Social Care Trusts, Social Security Agency and other relevant agencies.

document Missing children protocol (Runaway and Missing from Home and Care), Health & Social Care Board and Police Service of Northern Ireland, June 2015

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HSCB-PSNI 15 Missing Children Protocol JUN 15.docx

This protocol replaces the last edition issued in May 2012 entitled Regional Guidance: Police Involvement in Residential Units - Safeguarding of Children Missing from Home and Foster Care. It is set out in two main sections: children who runaway or go missing from home; and police involvement where looked after children are at risk or who go missing from their placement.  The protocol also complements existing guidance in relation to child protection, Protocol for Joint Investigation (2014), Planning for Looked After Children and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People.  

document Pathway for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Separated/Unaccompanied Children arriving in Northern Ireland Regional Operational Guidance, Health & Social Care Board, November 2013

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HSCB 13 Pathway for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Separated Children NOV 13.doc

The aim of this guidance is to provide advice and guidance to statutory agency staff on practice responses and interventions to meet the needs of all separated children arriving in Northern Ireland.

pdf Practice Guidance on Contact, Health and Social Care Board, 1 February 2013

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HSCB 13 Practice Guidance on Contact 1 Feb 2013.pdf

This Practice Guidance, issued by the Health and Social Care Board, aims to assist staff in particular cases of looked after children who are living away from their parents and where contact arrangements are potentially difficult.  The main focus of this document is on children who are fostered but similar principles apply to those who are in kinship care and residential accommodation.

pdf Practice guidance regarding the role of Support Persons at Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children Reviews & Family Support Planning Meetings, Children's Service Improvement Board, MAY 13

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CSD 13 Revised Regional Practice Guidance on role of Support Persons MAY 13.pdf

The aim of this regional guidance is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of all support persons for parents when they attend relevant meetings.

pdf Promoting Positive Outcomes in Education, Training or Employment for Young People Leaving Care, DHSSPS, 23 February 2009

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DHSSPS 09 Promoting Positive Outcomes 23 Feb 09.pdf

Regional guidance on arrangements to support young people to engage in education, training or employment. The guidance aims to set out a range of options for young people leaving care by outlining the current provision available for young people; focusing on how to strengthen good practice and partnership working with key stakeholders and agencies in relation to pathways to training, education and employment;outlining proposals for creating enhanced employment opportunities involving relevant professionals and carers who have a key role to play in the lives of young people in care; specifying how barriers to employment can be removed; and identifying proposals for the monitoring and review of these interventions in terms of improving outcomes.

pdf Protecting and Safeguarding looked after children guidance, DHSSPSNI, 27 August 2010

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Protecting & safeguarding looked after children guidance 27 Aug 10.pdf

This guidance deals with the issue of children who become Looked After and are on the Child Protection Register.  It takes affect from 1 September 2010.

pdf Regional Guidance (NI) for Personal Education Plans for Looked After Children/Young People (PEP), DEL, 2011

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DEL-11 Regional guidance for PEPs for LAC Young People Annex A DEL DEC 11.pdf

This guidance in Annex A sets out the mechanisms by which Health and Social Care Trusts, Education and Library Boards, schools and others involved in a looked after child's life share information to ensure that the child's assessed needs are met.  The guidance gives further details of the roles and responsibilities of the school named contact person and notes for completion of Section 2 by the school or education and training provider.

document Regional Policy and Procedure for Managing Allegations and Complaints made in respect of Foster Carers in Northern Ireland, Health & Social Care Board, 1 April 2015

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HSCB 15 Regional Policy & Procedure for Managing Allegations and Complaints Foster Carers 1 Apr 15.docx

This paper, developed under the auspices of the CSIB Regional Adoption and Fostering Taskforce sets out the policy and procedures which should apply regionally and which should be adhered to by all agencies, therefore ensuring a regionally consistent approach to managing allegations and complaints made in respect of foster carers.

document Restriction of Liberty form, Health and Social Care Board, No date

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HSCB ROL Form.docx

This form is to be completed for each young person presented to a Restriction of Liberty panel.

document Restriction of Liberty Panels guidance for Trusts, Health and Social Care Board, No date

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HSCB Restriction of Liberty guidance.docx

Guidance issued by HSCB to Health and Social Care Trusts on the Trust Restriction of Liberty process.

document Supplementary guidance on the management of behaviour, physical intervention and missing persons in children's homes, Health & Social Care Board, April 2016

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HSCB 16 Management of Behaviour Sup Guidance APR 16.doc

This guidance aims to support Trust management and staff when making decisions in situations where young people are displaying difficult or aggressive behaviours in children's homes, or where they go missing from the home.

document The GEM Scheme (Going the Extra Mile): Regional Guidance on the provision of financial support to carers who continue to support or accommodate young people aged 18 - 21 years who are engaged in education, training, employment or prevocational initiatives

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GEM-Scheme-Guidance-OCT 09.doc

This guidance is intended to give direction primarily to those staff with responsibility for working with young people and carers to ensure timely planning and support to enable carers and young people to avail of the Scheme.

pdf Working arrangements for the welfare and safeguarding of child victims of human trafficking, DHSSPS & PSNI, February 2011

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DHSSPS 11 Working arrangements child victims of human trafficking FEB 11.pdf

This guidance is currently being revised.