Statutory guidance

Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

Statutory guidance to ensure an effective health and care plan is in place for looked-after children.


Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

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This is statutory guidance for:

  • local authorities
  • NHS England
  • clinical commissioning groups
  • social workers
  • independent reviewing officers
  • frontline practitioners

It aims to support local authorities and the NHS to meet the health needs of all looked-after children.

The guidance supersedes the 2002 guidance ‘Promoting the health of looked-after children’. It will be reviewed in autumn 2014.

What legislation does this guidance relate to?

  • The Children Act 1989
  • The Children Act 2004

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