Looked-after children and children in care

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

Services

  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. Children’s homes regulations, including quality standards: guide
  2. 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

  3. Leaving foster or local authority care

    Leaving foster or local council care - support from your council, review meetings and financial help

  1. Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Children and Families Minister addresses ADCS conference

    • Department for Education
    • Speech
  2. Improved mental health support for children in care

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  3. Staying Put grant: determination letter

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
  4. Minister announces improved support for care leavers

    • 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. Foster care in England

    • Department for Education
    • Independent report
  2. Fostering better outcomes

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
See all policy and engagement

Transparency

  1. Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2018

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  2. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  3. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council

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

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

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
See all transparency