Looked-after children and children in care

Children's homes, data collection, children leaving care, health and wellbeing of looked-after children.


  1. Children adopted from care and the pupil premium: template letter

    A template local authorities can use to tell alternative education providers how to claim the pupil premium for children adopted from care.

Guidance and regulation

  1. Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children
  2. Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children
  3. Children’s homes regulations, including quality standards: guide
  1. If your child is taken into care

    What happens when a child is taken into care - who is responsible for what, care proceedings, care orders, going to court and the role of Cafcass

    • Guide
  2. Inspecting local authority children's services from 2018

    • Guidance
    • Ofsted
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Minister announces improved support for care leavers

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. Independent review of foster care published

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  3. Social care commentary: children's homes

    • Ofsted
    • Authored article
  4. More help for vulnerable children to attend top boarding schools

    • Department for Education
    • News story
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Revised guidance for virtual school heads and designated teachers
  3. Corporate parenting, the local offer and personal adviser support
  1. Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, and Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 31 December 2017
  2. National fostering stocktake: call for evidence

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 16 June 2017
See all policy and engagement


  1. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  2. Social care questionnaires 2017: what children and young people told Ofsted

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  3. Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  4. Funding for personal adviser support for care leavers to age 25

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  5. Children in need of help and protection: data and analysis

    • Department for Education
    • Research
See all transparency