This statutory guidance applies to:
- local authorities
- children’s services directors
- children’s services social workers
- front-line managers who have particular responsibilities in relation to looked-after children
- managers and commissioners of services for looked-after children
Statutory guidance sets out what you must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
The guidance is also relevant to Children’s Trust partner agencies and to providers of services to looked-after children, including private, voluntary and public sector providers and foster carers.
The document consolidates a number of separate documents we’ve previously published, including ‘Delegation of authority to foster carers’.
This is volume 2 in a series of 5 related statutory guidance publications: