This guidance replaced the Placement of looked-after children in EU member states.
Local Authorities should use the 1996 Hague Convention for all international child protection cases including those involving EU countries. The EU Regulation on cross border placement of children (commonly known as Brussels IIa) no longer applies. Your local authority will already use the 1996 Hague Convention for non-EU child protection cases with those countries who have signed up to the Convention. This means that the protection of children across borders will continue after 1 January 2021.