Safeguarding and social care for children

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


  1. Report child abuse to your local council

    Contact your local authority if you think a child or young person is at risk or is being abused or neglected

  2. Apply for a child performance licence

    You may need a child performance licence for any child taking part in a public performance, sporting event or modelling assignment

  3. Childcare and children's social care health declaration form

    Health declaration form for childminders and people who work in childcare or children's social care.

  1. Find help to get your child back from abroad or arrange contact

    How to apply to have your child returned if they've been abducted, or arrange contact or enforce a court order in EU, Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries

  2. Tell Ofsted about an incident: children's social care notification form

    Online form for adoption or fostering agencies, children's homes and residential family centres. Downloadable form for residential holiday schemes for disabled children.

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Guidance and regulation

  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. Working together to safeguard children
  3. Apply to 'Step Up to Social Work'
  1. Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
  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

    • Answer
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News and communications

  1. SoS writes to Nicola Dandridge (OfS) delegating Prevent monitoring duty

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
  2. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

    • Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
    • Correspondence
  3. Social care commentary: what do local authorities need to do to improve from inadequate

    • Ofsted
    • Authored article
  4. Education Secretary praises profession on World Social Work Day

    • Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care
    • Press release
  5. NAAS: early adopters grants

    • Department for Education
    • Correspondence
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Policy and engagement

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence

    • Department for Education
    • Open consultation
  2. A single inspection of voluntary adoption agencies

    • Ofsted
    • Consultation outcome
  3. Children’s social care providers: inspection frequency and fees

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
  4. Revised guidance for virtual school heads and designated teachers

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
  5. Corporate parenting, the local offer and personal adviser support

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
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  1. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

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

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  3. Characteristics of children in need: 2016 to 2017

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  4. Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  5. Section 31 grant determination letter: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
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