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 your local council

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Working together to safeguard children
  2. Apply for Step Up to Social Work
  3. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners
  4. Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  5. Ofsted safeguarding policy
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News and communications

  1. Direction issued to Wakefield council
  2. Revised direction issued to Wakefield council
  3. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters
  4. Improvement notice issued to Bradford council
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Research and statistics

  1. Wakefield children's services: commissioner's report
  2. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018
  3. Local authority and children’s homes in England inspections and outcomes: autumn 2018
  4. Children’s services omnibus
  5. Children in need: preliminary longitudinal analysis
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Out-of-school settings: voluntary safeguarding code of practice
  3. Preventing homelessness through early intervention mediation
  4. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Care Leaver Covenant offer
  5. Department for Education: Care Leaver Covenant offer
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
  2. Ofsted Inspectors: lists
  3. Section 31 grant determination letter: Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  4. Funding for personal adviser support for care leavers to age 25
  5. Section 31 grant determination letter: Manchester Arena bombing funding
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