Guidance on accommodating children in need and their families
The Local Authority also has a duty to promote contact between siblings and should look to enforce these arrangements.
The Children Act 1989 places a duty on Local Authorities to take reasonable steps to identify a Under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989, Local Authorities have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area if they are in need.
The Local Authority must try to promote contact between a ‘looked after’ child and any parent with Parental Responsibility, family member, or anyone else connected with the child.
The Local Authority will not make arrangements for contact if it is not reasonably practicable or not in the best interests of the child.
A child is in need when they are disabled or they are unlikely to achieve a reasonable standard of health or development or if a child's health or development is likely to be significantly impaired if services are not offered to him or her..
Once a referral has been made to the Local Authority, they will decide within one working day whether or not to take action.
Authorised person means: The Local Authority must provide information to the parents or anyone with Parental Responsibility for the child about where they are being accommodated.