Statutory guidance

Children Act 1989: family and friends care

Statutory guidance for local authorities about family and friends providing care for children who cannot live with their parents.



This statutory guidance is for local authorities (LAs) and their staff.

It sets out the duties of LAs in the Children Act 1989 regarding children and young people who, because they are unable to live with their parents, are being brought up by

  • members of their extended families
  • friends
  • other people who are connected with them