Resources

Legal drivers – law and guidance

  • Website Children Act 2004 (Section 10 and 11)
    Section 10 requires co-operation between local authorities, the police, the youth offending team and the relevant health authority (once the Health and Social Care Act 2012 is implemented this duty will apply to the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups) to improve the well-being of children in the area in relation to:
    • their physical and mental health and emotional well-being
    • protection from harm and neglect
    • education, training and recreation
    • the contribution they make to society
    • their social and economic well-being.

    Section 11 requires the same agencies, and governors of prisons (including young offending institutions (YOIs) and secure training centres (STCs)), to ensure that their functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

    Publisher: Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI)
    Published Date: 15/11/2004

  • Website Crime and Disorder Act 1998
    This requires local authorities, the police, probation and PCTs (or Clinical Commissioning Groups once the Health and Social Care Act 2012 is implemented in April 2013) to set up youth offending teams (YOTs) to work with children and young people offending or at risk of offending. The agencies should also all contribute to the YOT budget. YOTs must have representatives from the police, probation, health, education and children’s services as members of the team.

    Publisher: National Archives
    Published Date: 31/07/1998

  • Website Equality Act 2010
    This requires those carrying out a public function to eliminate discrimination in relation to a range of protected characteristics including gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

    Publisher: National Archives
    Published Date: 08/04/2010

  • Website Equality Act guidance
    Guidance and good practice to help you understand and use the Equality Act 2010.

    Publisher: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
    Published Date: 19/12/2010

  • Website Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (2010)
    This government document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It includes both statutory guidance (which must be complied with) and practice guidance. It is currently being revised.

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 17/03/2010

  • Website Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children
    This is statutory guidance about the delivery of services from health agencies and local authorities to promote the health of looked after children and young people. It is written in the context of a holistic model of health that takes account of wider determinants of health and well-being.

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 18/11/2009

  • Website The Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations volume 2: care planning, placement and case review
    This sets out the duties in relation to health assessments and health care plans for looked after children

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 01/04/2010



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