Safeguarding and social care for children

Child protection, social work, children in care and looked-after children, becoming a social care provider.


  1. The law on leaving your child on their own

    The law doesn't say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it's an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk

  2. Report child abuse

    Tell the local authority if you're worried that a child is being neglected or abused - call 999 if they’re in immediate danger

  3. Report child abuse to a local council

    If you think a child or young person is at risk or being abused or neglected, contact the children’s social care team at their local council.

  4. Stop someone getting a passport

    You might be able to stop someone getting a passport by applying for a court order - parental child abduction, vulnerable adults

  5. 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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Working together to safeguard children
  2. Apply for Step Up to Social Work
  3. Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  4. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners
  5. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings
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News and communications

  1. Ofsted launches point-in-time surveys
  2. Unseen evil: Sex abuse in families going under the radar, say inspectorates
  3. Amanda Spielman launches Ofsted's Annual Report 2018/19
  4. Chief Inspector warns against pursuing success without substance
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Research and statistics

  1. Children's social work workforce 2019
  2. Joint inspections of child exploitation
  3. Quarterly Child Protection Statistics for Northern Ireland (October - December 2019)
  4. Use of unregulated and unregistered provision for children in care
  5. Attitudes to education and children’s services
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers
  2. Children’s social care providers: inspections regulations 2020 to 2021
  3. Restraint and restrictive intervention: draft guidance
  4. Children’s homes workforce: call for evidence
  5. Children’s Social Care Innovation programme
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
  2. Inspection outcomes of children's homes
  3. Looked-after children in independent or semi-independent placements
  4. Information-sharing protocol: Ofsted and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO)
  5. Fostering and adoption agency datasets
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