Designated Managers

Designated Managers are managers who have delegated authority to approve certain decisions or who must be notified in certain circumstances.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in September 2019.

1. Authorisations

NOTE

This section outlines the circumstances where managers have delegated authority to approve certain decisions.

These arrangements do not replace the line management communication or authorisation structure; in all cases, it is assumed that managers and line managers will be consulted or notified as appropriate.

Designated Managers are those managers who should additionally be consulted or notified.


Agency Decision Maker (Adoption)

The manager who approves Adoption Panel recommendations in relation to children, prospective adopters and matching.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Safeguarding

Approval for an Interim Exemption in an Emergency

The manager who may approve an interim exemption.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Safeguarding

Approval to Exceed Upon Recommendation of Fostering Panel

The manager who may approve the recommendations of the Fostering Panel to exceed the usual limit.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Safeguarding

Authorisation of 'at a Distance Placement' - not an adjoining authority

The only person able to give approval for children to be placed at a distance, not in an adjoining authority, is the Director of Children's Services.

Birth Record Access

The person who all enquiries for access to birth records should be referred to.

Designated Manager(s)

Team Manager, MASH and/or Customer Services Officer, Family Placement Service

Care Plans

The manager who must endorse and sign Care Plans in relation to Accommodated Children.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Care Proceedings

See Decision to Look After a Child Procedure and Care Plans Guidance.

The manager who may authorise a Care Plan in relation to Care Proceedings.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Change of Name of a Looked After Child

See Change of Name of a Looked After Child Procedure.

The manager who may authorise the taking of Court Proceedings where parental agreement is not forthcoming.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Complaints

The persons who should be informed of representation or complaints issues relation to a Child / Young Person and their carers.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service and Group Manager for the Service which a representation or complaints issue has been raised. Any complaints received must also be sent to the:

Customer Services Manager
Customer Care Team
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Contact with Parents / Siblings

See Family Contact Policy and Procedures.

The manager who may approve Risk Assessments in relation to Contact of Looked After Children with Parents.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services

Foster Carer Allegations

The manager who may authorise the recommendation of a Strategy Discussion that no further action is taken against a Foster Carer.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Group Manager, Provider Services

Foster Carer Approval

See Fostering Panel Procedure, Changes to terms of Approval Procedure, Persons Disqualified from Fostering Procedure and Recruitment, Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers Procedure.

The manager who may approve the recommendations of the Fostering Panel (The Agency Decision Maker).

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

HIV and AIDS

The manager who may authorise test for Looked After Children.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Marriage of a Looked After Child

See Marriage of a Looked After Child Procedure.

The manager who may authorise the marriage of a Looked After Child.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services

Medical Consent

The person who may give agreement for general anaesthetic for a Looked After Child.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director
Head of Safeguarding
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service Help and Protect

This will generally be in person unless it is impractical to do so due to distance.

Local anaesthetic and consent for other minor procedures should be considered as part of the Delegated authority documentation.

Passports

The manager who may authorise passports.

Designated Manager(s)

Written consent from Assistant Director for Children's Services.

Pathway Plans / Leaving Care

The manager who should approve Pathway Plans.

Designated Manager(s)

Team Manager

Permanence Plans - Adoption

The manager who can approve the recommendations of the Adoption Panel in relation to Permanence Plans.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Permanence Plans - Fostering

The manager who can approve the recommendations of the Fostering Panel in relation to Permanence Plans.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services

Placements Outside England and Wales

See Placements Outside England and Wales Procedure.

The manager who may authorise the placement, including emigration, of a child outside England and Wales.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services

Placements Outside the Authority

See Placement Planning Meeting Procedure.

The manager who can authorise out of authority placements of children (except Secure Accommodation).

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Placements Secure Accommodation

See Placements in Secure Accommodation on Welfare Grounds Procedure, Secure Accommodation Reviews Guidance and Secure Accommodation (Criteria Reviews).

Authorising the placement of a child in secure accommodation, including placements up to 72 hours without a Court Order; Consulted where a Secure Accommodation Criteria Review Panel has recommended that the criteria for placement in Secure Accommodation no longer apply.

Designated Manager(s)

Authorisation Director of Children's Services. Supported by Head of Service.

Placements with Parents - Planned

See Placement with Parents Procedure.

The manager who may authorise such placements.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Placements with Parents – Unplanned

See Placement with Parents Procedure.

The manager who may authorise such placements.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Placements with Relatives

See Placements with Friends and Relatives Procedure.

The manager who may authorise such placements.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Child Arrangements Orders

See Permanence Overarching Strategy.

The manager who can approve weekly living allowances in relation to children placed with relatives or friends under a Child Arrangements Order.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Review of Foster Carers

See Annual Review and Termination of Approval of Foster Carers Procedure.

The officer responsible for completing Part C of the annual review, distributes the annual review consultation forms and chairs the review.

The officer responsible for distributing completed annual reviews to the Panel and prepares post Panel letters to foster carers.

Designated Manager(s)

Independent Reviewing Officer - Foster Carer Reviews.

The manager who authorises the recommendations of the Panel and notifies foster carers of the outcome of the review.

The manager who authorises annual reviews that do not need go to the Panel and notifies foster carers of the outcome of the review.

Designated Manager(s)

Group Manager Family Placements.

The manager who verifies annual reviews that do not need to go to the Panel.

Designated Manager(s)

Review and Skill Level Board, chaired by Group Manager Family Placements.

School of Educational Trips / Holidays Abroad

See Delegated Authority Guidance.

The manager who may authorise such trips for Looked After Children.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Secure Accommodation - Criteria - Reviews

See Secure Accommodation (Criteria Reviews).

Authorising the placement of a child in secure accommodation, including placements up to 72 hours without a Court Order; Consulted where a Secure Accommodation Criteria Review Panel has recommended that the criteria for placement in Secure Accommodation no longer apply.

Designated Manager(s)

Authorisation Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Designated Manager (Special Guardianship)

The manager who can authorise Special Guardianship as the permanence plan for a Looked After child.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding Children's Services

Special Guardianship Support

Information to follow.

Suspension / Termination of Contact

Suspension or termination of contact between a Looked After child and Parents.

Designated Manager(s)

Group Managers

2. Notifications


Abduction or Attempted Abduction

The manager who should be notified about abduction or attempted abduction.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Attempted Suicide

The manager who should be notified of the attempted suicide of a child receiving services.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service Safeguarding (on Behalf of Walsall Safeguarding Children Partnership Serious Case Review Panel)
Assistant Director Children's Services

Death or Serious Injury of a Child in Need

See Death of or Serious Illness/Injury in relation to a Child in Need Procedure.

If a child is looked after the Secretary of State, Regulatory Authority, Department of Education & Skills and Health Authority Cabinet Member should be notified.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Safeguarding

Missing Children

See Protocol for Children and Young People Missing from Home and Care.

The manager who must be notified when a child is missing for 24hrs.

Designated Manager(s)

Group Manager, who should notify / consult the Assistant Director and the Head of Safeguarding. Group Manager will ensure a 'Need to Know' briefing is completed.

The Group Manager will also inform the other Local Authorities and agencies where needed.

Notifiable Incidents

See Ofsted – Notifiable Incidents – (Children) Procedure.

The manager who must be notified in the event of a serious incident.

Designated Manager(s)

The Head of Safeguarding is the Designated manager and must be notified in the event of a Notifiable Incident.

Police Assistance

The manager who must be notified Where an Incident results in the police being called to provide assistance in a Foster Home.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

It is also necessary to inform the Regulatory Authority.

Child Sexual Exploitation

The manager who must be notified of Involvement or suspected involvement of a Looked After Child in sexual exploitation.

Designated Manager(s)

Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding
Principal Exploitation Officer (on behalf of CSE Operations Group)

Also, if child is placed in Children's or Foster Home, the Regulatory Authority and Police must be informed.

Protection of Children

The people / agencies who must be notified of Referral to the Secretary of State under Section 2 (1) (a) of the Protection of Children Act 1999 (a) of an individual working at in a Children's Home or a Foster Carer.

Designated Manager(s)

The Local Authority Designated Officer
Head of Service
Assistant Director, Children's Services

Also, if child is placed in Children's or Foster Home, the Regulatory Authority and Police must be informed.

Section 47 Enquiry

The manager who must be notified where a Child Protection allegation is made in relation to a member of staff or a child in receipt of service.

Designated Manager(s)

Group Managers

Also, if the child is placed in a Children's or Foster Home, the Regulatory Authority must be notified.

Serious Illness

The manager who must be notified or a serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Looked After Child.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding

Also if the child is Looked After, the Regulatory Authority must be notified. The Health Authority must be notified if there is an outbreak of an infectious or notifiable disease.

Serious Offence

The manager who must be notified of allegations of a serious offence committed by a Looked After Child.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding
Group Managers

Serious / Malicious Damage

The manager who must be notified where an incident results in serious damage being caused to a Children's Home or Foster Home.

Designated Manager(s)

Assistant Director, Children's Services
Head of Service, Children in Care, Provider and Care Leaving Services
Head of Service, Help and Protect
Head of Safeguarding
Group Managers

If the Police are called for assistance, the Regulatory Authority must also be notified.