These revised regulations and guidance streamline processes to increase the emphasis on more effective care planning, with a focus on the child, and are designed to improve the quality and consistency of care planning, placement and case review for looked-after children. They also aim to improve the care and support provided to care leavers. 

The revised regulations and guidance aim to improve the clarity of the regulatory framework for looked-after children and care leavers for practitioners and offer them one coherent and easily accessible package relating to care planning and case review for looked-after children.

The regulations and guidance below came in to force on April 1 2011.

Young people's guide to the care planning regulations

The Department has worked with the Office of the Children’s Rights Director to produce a young person’s guide to the Care Planning regulations. This is available on their website as: Plans Placements, Reviews and Short Breaks.

The following document is an update to Volume 2: 'Care Planning, Placement and Case Review' statutory guidance. It sets out the introduction of a new regulation under the 'Care Planning, Placement and Care Review Regulations 2010' providing for the temporary approval of prospective adopters as foster carers. The new regulation came into force on 1 July 2010.

The documents below outline what is required of local authorities in care planning, placement and case review and supporting care leavers: 

Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 and statutory guidance

This document specifies the requirements for care plans, including health and education plans, placement decisions and monitoring and case reviews. It consolidates previous regulations and guidance, providing a central source of reference for local authority work with looked-after children. Amendments made to this guidance are available at the links below:

Amendment of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010: temporary approval of prospective adopters as foster carers

An addition to the guidance covers the temporary approval of prospective adopters as foster carers. This comes into force on 1 July 2013.

Amendment of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010: delegation of decision-making about looked-after children to their carers

Paragraphs 3.139 to 3.146 of the guidance, concerning delegation of authority to looked-after children’s carers, have been replaced by new guidance. This can be implemented immediately, despite relevant regulations not coming into force until 1 July 2013.

'Sufficiency' guidance

This statutory guidance provides clarification on the ‘sufficiency duty’ placed on local authorities under 22(G) of the Children Act 1989, to secure sufficient accommodation to meet the needs of their looked-after children.

Training materials on the 'sufficiency duty' can be downloaded from the associated resources on this page.

Volume 3: Planning Transitions to Adulthood for Care Leavers: Statutory Guidance on the Care Leavers (England) Regulations 2010

These regulations and guidance are intended to ensure that care leavers are given the same level of care and support their peers would expect from a reasonable parent and that they are provided with the opportunities and chances needed to help them move successfully to adulthood. 

Young people's guide to the care leavers' regulations

The Office of the Children’s Rights Director has produced a Young people's guide to care leavers' regulations. It is also available from their website as: Know Your Rights About Leaving Care Entitlements.

Training materials on leaving care and planning the transition to adulthood can be downloaded from the associated resources on this page.