Social Care Resources

Useful references and resources for those involved in the Social Care of Children in Care.

Sufficiency: Statutory guidance on securing sufficient accommodation for Looked After Children (Mar 2010) - Statutory guidance that clarifies the 'sufficiency duty' placed on local authorities under 22 (G) of the Children Act 1989 to secure sufficient accommodation to meet the needs of their Looked After Children and Young People.

Guidance on the Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 year old Young People who may be homeless and/or require accommodation (DfE Apr 2010)

Care Planning, Placement and Review Regulations (2010) - consolidates previous regulations and guidance, and specifies the requirements for Care Plans, including health and education plans, placement decisions and monitoring, and case reviews.

Children Act 1989 - establishes the principle that the welfare of the child is paramount, and places a general duty on local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area.

Children and Young Persons Act 2008 - sets out legislation to improve outcomes for children and young people who are looked after by the state, or who are at risk of needing to be looked after. This includes a new duty on local authorities to secure sufficient accommodation for Children in Care. The effect of the act is to amend relevant sections of the Children Act 1989.

Adoption and Children Act 2002 - aligns adoption law with the relevant provisions of the Children Act 1989, to ensure that the child's welfare is the paramount consideration in all decisions relating to adoption. It places a duty on local authorities to maintain an adoption service and provides a new right to an assessment of needs for adoption support services for adoptive families and others.

Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 - strengthens provision for care leavers by placing a duty on local authorities to assess and meet the needs of Young People aged 16 and 17 who are in care or who are Care Leavers, and to keep in touch with Care Leavers until they are at least 21. Each Young Person is expected to have a Young Persons' Advisor to co-ordinate the provision of support and a pathway plan to map out a clear route to independence.

Looked After Children talking to Childline (Childline Mar 2011)

British Association of Social Workers Pocket Guides for social workers on problematic substance misuse

Education of Looked After Children FAQs

Information about the Government's strategy for protecting and providing for children in care. This includes details of its plans for foster care, care planning, the promotion of education and health, and children leaving care.