Placement of looked-after children in EU member states

Guidance for local authorities asked to place a child from EU member states into a children's home or with a foster carer.


Placement of looked-after children in EU member states

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This is for:

  • local authorities with children’s services responsibilities
  • independent reviewing officers

From 31 January 2020 the UK will no longer be a member of the EU. However, this advice document is still relevant as the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 has converted Brussels IIa into domestic law for the duration of the transition period.

Therefore, this advice document remains applicable until the end of the transition period, and local authorities should follow this process when dealing with requests from authorities in other EU member states to place a child into a children’s home or with a foster carer within their area.

Independent reviewing officers chair reviews of care plans for children living in children’s homes or foster care.

Published 10 January 2013
Last updated 31 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect transition period status.

  2. First published.