The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated statutory guidance on care planning, placement and case review under the Children Act 1989.
Children Act 1989: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities and partner agencies under Part 3 of the Act, which concerns the provision of local authority support for children and families. In particular it describes how local authorities should carry out their responsibilities in relation to care planning, placement and case review for looked-after children.
These responsibilities are designed to support the local authority in its primary duty set out in section 22(3) of the Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of the looked-after child and to act as good corporate parents to enable each looked-after child to achieve his/her full potential in life.
This statutory guidance applies to:
children’s services social workers;
front-line managers who have particular responsibilities in relation to looked-after children;
lead members in local authorities;
directors of children’s services;
managers of services for looked-after children; and
commissioners of services for looked-after children.
The guidance will also be relevant to Children’s Trust partner agencies and to providers of services to looked-after children, including private, voluntary and public sector providers.
An addition to the guidance, ‘Temporary approval of prospective adopters as foster carers’ covers amendments made to the Care Planning Placement and Case Review England Regulations 2010.