Children in the care of local authorities are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The majority of children who remain in care are there because they have suffered abuse or neglect.
The Prime Minister has made it very clear that improving the lives of children in care is a national priority. More children need to find much more quickly - stable, loving and permanent homes through adoption where this is in their best interests. If this is to happen the adoption system needs to work much more effectively and efficiently.
There is far too much variation in local authority performance. Children in Care and Adoption Performance Tables show, against 15 key indicators, how each local authority is performing. The data we have used is already available. We want the tables to help generate debate, discussion and, above, all action. We’ll be updating the tables as more up to date data becomes available. And we will be talking to local authorities and other partners about how the tables can be developed and extended.
In this section you will also find information about the Government's strategy for protecting and providing for children in care. This includes details of its plans for foster care, care planning, the promotion of education and health, and children leaving care.
Information about the 2013 amendments to the responsibilities local authorities have for all remanded young people who go on to need looking after.
General article 16 May 2013
This guidance sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities and partner agencies under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989.
Statutory guidance 08 May 2013
Information about the revised regulations and guidance for effective care planning to improve the quality and consistency of care planning, placement and case review for looked after children.
General article 07 May 2013
Children’s residential care – taking forward a programme of improvement in response to the expert group on the quality of children’s homes.
General article 24 April 2013
Information about the role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) since the new statutory guidance (March 2010) and details for regional IRO network contacts.
General article 15 April 2013
Information about new regulations requiring Ofsted to supply the names and addresses of children's homes to police forces, the Office of the Children's Commissioner and the Department for Education.
General article 09 April 2013
This document provides statutory guidance on the implementation of section 22G of the Children Act 1989.
Statutory guidance 15 March 2013
Consulation response to proposed amendments of the Secure Accommodation Regulations 1991.
General article 14 March 2013
Formal response to the Fees and Frequency consultation.
General article 14 March 2013
Information about the consultation on amendments to the Care Standards Act 2000 (Registration) (England) Regulations 2010 to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes on their register with the police, the SoS for Education and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
General article 01 March 2013