This strategy links with the Children and Young People's Plan, The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Council's Corporate Plan.
The Sufficiency Duty
The duty to provide or procure placements for Children in Care (CiC) is explicit in the the Children Act 1989. This has since been strengthened by the introduction of Sufficiency Statutory Guidance (2010) and the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations (implementation April 2011). There is a duty of ‘sufficiency’ that requires Local Authorities and to ensure that, through provision or commissioning, a range of placements sufficient to meet the needs of all CiC are available locally or that there is a plan in place to move towards that position. The regulations require a strategy that describes how Local Authorities intend to provide sufficient care placements for its CiC. The strategy has been updated for the period 2016 – 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the Children and Young People’s Plan and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment as well as the Council’s Corporate Plan
For more information please use the following contact:
Service Manager - Placements Service
Telephone: 0115 8764722