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Adoption Policy

The Local Authority has a duty to maintain an adoption service designed to consistently meet the needs of adopted children, their adoptive and birth parents. This policy therefore outlines the approach of the Knowsley Adoption Agency in meeting these duties.

Child Health Strategy

Knowsley’s Child Health Strategy provides a starting point in learning and actively engaging with children, young people, families and key partners in order to identify the significant factors involved in ensuring their better health in the future.

Children and Young People's Plan 

The Children and Young People’s Plan outlines Knowsley’s Children and Families Partnership vision for positive outcomes for children and young people in Knowsley. The Plan sets out five priorities in order to achieve these outcomes, these are; Giving children the best start in life, Compassionate prevention, Safeguarding – the community’s business, Making education irresistible, Knowsley people…leading the way. Each priority has a number of key actions to be carried out by the Partnership by 2020.

Each partner has a bespoke ‘plan on a page’ to show how they contribute to making the plan a reality, please see below for the plan on the page relating to your specific field and expertise:


Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020

The Children Looked after and Care Leavers Strategy 2017-2020 sets out the Corporate Parenting Boards priorities for children looked after and care leavers. It is intended to guide the work of the Corporate Parenting Board and all professionals who work with children looked after and care leavers and to support Knowsley corporate parents to make a difference and improve the lives of children and young people in our care and care leavers.

Children Looked After and Care Leavers Pledge

Children Looked After Charter

The Children Looked After Charter for Knowsley was produced with children and young people who have experience of being in care in the borough. It sets out the standards expected from the professionals they come into contact with and reminds everyone working in the borough of their responsibilities towards young people in care.

Customer Care Charter

Debt Recovery Strategy

The purpose of this strategy is to set out the actions that will be taken to fulfil the Council’s legal duty to ensure the cost-effective billing, collection and recovery of sums due to the Authority

Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy 2017 - 2020


The Knowsley Safer Community Partnership has developed a three year strategy to tackle the issue of Domestic Abuse.  To ensure residents, families and communities live safer, healthier and happier lives, partners will work together to tackle this priority issue.  The strategy includes actions the partnership will take to reduce Domestic Abuse, along with the proposed outcome.


Equality & Diversity Policy 2014-2016

The purpose of this policy is to assist with embedding equality and diversity within all of the Council Policies, Processes and Functions.

Extra Care Nominations Policy

Financial Inclusion Strategy

The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that co-ordinated activity continues to be implemented to tackle financial exclusion in Knowsley.

Fostering Policy in Knowsley

The purpose of this policy is to outline the Council's duties and responsibilities to children placed in permanent, temporary and private foster care alongside the responsibilities to recruit, train and support foster carers.

Gambling Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy statement is to outline the manner in which Knowsley Council as Licensing Authority will consider applications for licences and permits.

Joint Homeless Prevention Protocol for Children aged 16 and 17

The purpose of this protocol is to ensure adequate provision of support, advice and housing for young people in Knowsley who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

Knowsley Adult Social Care Charging Policy

Knowsley Adult Social Care Market Position Statement 2016 – 2019

Knowsley Carer’s Strategy: A Life of my Own

The purpose of this strategy is to help plan and deliver services that reflect the new priorities for carers in Knowsley.

Knowsley Child and Family Poverty Plan 2015-18

This plan provides a local response to the Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Strategy which aims to improve the life chances of children in poverty and support families to raise their household income.

Knowsley Children's Social Care Operational Procedures Manual

Knowsley's Early Help Strategy 2017-2020


Knowsley Education Improvement Strategy

The purpose of this strategy is to outline how the Council will ensure that every school in Knowsley is judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good’ and striving to become or continue to be ‘Outstanding’.

Knowsley Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report

This report details what has been achieved in relation to adult safeguarding.

Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2013/14

This report provides an analysis of the effectiveness of safeguarding activity and sets the context for the activity of the Board, Partnership Boards and partner organisations on achievements in the coming year.

Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual

This manual details the necessary processes to follow to assess the need to safeguard a child from risk of abuse and/or neglect.

Knowsley’s Multi-agency Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidelines to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Abuse

Leaving Care Guide

Liverpool City Region Child Poverty & Life Chances Strategy

This Strategy sets out proposals for achieving the long-term shared vision of Working together as City Region partners to reduce child and family poverty, and to maximise opportunities for children and young people in their life chances.

Nursing and Residential Care Strategy  and Market Position Statement 2013-16

The strategy looks at how we can meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents now and improve how care and support is delivered.

Oral Health Improvement Strategy 2009-2013

The purpose of this strategy is to support the dental commissioning strategy by outlining a more detailed view of the actions and programmes required in order to bring about improved oral health in Knowsley.

Participation Standards Charter

Private Rented Sector Offer policy

This policy explains how Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council intends to use powers arising from the Localism Act 2011 to bring the main housing duty to an end by making a suitable offer of private rented sector accommodation (PRSO Policy).

Proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering policy

The Knowsley Older Peoples Strategy

This Strategy is the successor to the previous strategy entitled, ‘A Positive Age 2009-11’.

Travel Support policy

This policy introduces Knowsley Council’s approach to providing travel support which can enable residents to access services and opportunities that will have an impact on their quality of life and their life chances.

Vulnerable Adults Framework

This framework outlines the Council’s plans for making services to vulnerable adults more personalised, more preventative and more focused on delivering the best outcomes for those who use them.

Whistle blowing Policy

This policy provides staff guidance on what to do if you suspect misconduct at work.