This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. It is issued as guidance under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 which requires local authorities in exercising their social services functions, to act under the general guidance of the Secretary of State. This guidance should be complied with by local authorities when exercising these functions, unless local circumstances indicate exceptional reasons that justify a variation.
Advocacy services for children and young people
Statutory guidance on providing effective advocacy services for children and young people making a complaint under the children Act 1989. It provides all children’s services staff with an understanding of their duties in relation to advocacy for children and young people making or thinking about making a complaint under the Children Act 1989.
Independent reviewing officers' handbook
Statutory guidance relating to care planning and reviewing arrangements for looked-after children. It applies to local authorities and IROs when planning care and reviewing arrangements for looked-after children. The handbook covers: (i) the roles and duties of IROs in caring for looked-after children. (ii) the strategic and managerial responsibilities of LAs in establishing an effective IRO service. It should be used in conjunction with ‘Volume 2 - Children Act 1989: care planning, placement and case review’.
Children's social care: complaints procedures
Statutory guidance for local authority children’s services on representations and complaints procedures. It relates to the following legislation and issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 which means that, except in exceptional circumstances, local authorities must act in accordance with this guidance: the Children Act 1989 Representations Procedure (England) Regulations 2006; Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000; Adoption and Children Act 2002; Health and Social Care (Community Health Standards) Act 2003.
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