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Visits to Children in Long-term Residential Care Regulations 2011

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Sections 17 to 19 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 amend the Children Act 1989 to strengthen local authorities’ duties to ensure the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted when they are placed in health, education or other establishments for consecutive periods of 3 months or more.

The amended provisions in the 1989 Act require the local authority to:

  • visit (in accordance with regulations made under new section 86A of the 1989 Act) these vulnerable children; maintain contact; and intervene when there is any significant change in the child’s circumstances; and
  • offer a tailored package of services suitable to meet the child’s needs, in particular to support the continuing active involvement of parents in their child’s life.

This letter and statutory guidance alerts you to new regulations which came into force from 25 April 2011.