Adoption: national minimum standards
This departmental advice is for local authorities. It contains the national minimum standards for adoption issued by the Secretary of State under sections 23 and 49 of the Care Standards Act 2000. The standards are designed to be applicable to the variety of different types of adoption agencies and adoption support agencies. They aim to enable, rather than prevent, individual agencies to create their own particular approach based on evidence that this is the most appropriate way to meet the child’s needs.
Boarding schools: national minimum standards
The national minimum standards that boarding schools must meet to safeguard and protect the children in their care. This guidance is for: school leaders and school staff. It applies to: (i) boarding schools maintained by the local authority (ii) independent boarding schools. It contains a statement of national minimum standards for boarding schools that provide accommodation for children.
Fostering services: national minimum standards.
Guidance for local authorities on the national minimum standards for providing fostering services. The national minimum standards, together with regulations on the placement of children in foster care, such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 for the conduct of fostering services.
Residential family centres: national minimum standards
The national minimum standards that apply to residential family centres. These national minimum standards, together with the Residential Family Centres Regulations 2002, as amended, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 for the conduct of residential family centres.
Residential family centres provide accommodation for children and their parents while a social worker assesses the parents’ capacity to look after their children and gives any guidance that is necessary.
Residential holiday schemes for disabled children: national minimum standards
National minimum standards of care for providers of holiday schemes for disabled children (HSDC). This document outlines the national minimum standards HSDC providers must meet. It covers information about the minimum standards, including how they: (i) fit with the law, (ii) are regulated, (iii) are inspected and (iv) should be applied to ensure children’s needs are always met. See also the statutory guidance about providing short breaks for disabled children to improve their welfare and quality of life.
Residential special schools: national minimum standards
Guidance for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child. Guidance for: school leaders and school staff. It applies to: (i) state-funded special schools, (ii) independent residential special schools. It contains a statement of national minimum standards.
Special schools support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Further education residential accommodation: national minimum standards
Guidance for further education colleges and 16 to 19 academies providing residential accommodation for students aged under 18. This guidance is for: college leaders and college staff. It applies to: (i) further education colleges (ii) sixth-form colleges (iii) 16 to 19 academies (iv) independent specialist colleges and (v) other institutions designated as being within the further education sector. It contains a statement of national minimum standards.
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