Safeguarding and social care for children

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


  1. Form C100: Apply for a court order to make arrangements for a child or resolve a dispute about their upbringing

    Apply for a 'child arrangements', 'prohibited steps' or 'specific issue' order under the Children Act 1989.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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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 for Step Up to Social Work
  1. 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
  2. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
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News and communications

  1. Members announced for new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

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

    • Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
    • Correspondence
  3. Strengthened guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  4. Ofsted launches point-in-time surveys

    • Ofsted
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. Social Work England: secondary legislative framework
  2. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  3. Family and friends care: revising guidance
  1. A single inspection of voluntary adoption agencies

    • Ofsted
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 04 August 2017
  2. Social Work England: secondary legislation

    • Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care
    • Impact assessment
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  1. Ofsted Inspectors: lists

    • Ofsted
    • Transparency
  2. Direction issued to Isle of Wight council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
  3. Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2018

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  4. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  5. Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council

    • Department for Education
    • Decision
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