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2.1.21 Notifications of Significant Events

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Looked After Children placed in foster care or residential care.

AMENDMENT

In October 2016, this chapter was slightly updated.


Contents

  1. Children Placed in Foster Care
  2. Children Placed in Children’s Homes
  3. Notifying the Regulatory Authority/HSE


1. Children Placed in Foster Care

Regulation 36 and Schedule 7 of the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 set out the arrangements for notifications in relation to specified events.

Click here to view Schedule 7 Events and Notifications table.


2. Children Placed in Children’s Homes

Regulation 40 of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 sets out the arrangements for notifications in relation to specified events:

EVENT WHO TO NOTIFY
Death of a Resident.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).

The Health and Safety Executive.

The Secretary of State for Children.

The local authority in whose area the children’s home is located (if that local authority is not the placing authority).

The Clinical Commissioning Group for the area in which the home is located.

If the child was accommodated in a secure children’s home, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales (“the PPO”); and

Any other relevant person.
Referral pursuant to Section 35 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended) of an individual working in the Home.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).
Involvement or suspected involvement of a Resident in sexual exploitation.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).

The Police.
Any incident requiring Police involvement occurs in relation to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).

Any allegation of abuse against the home or a person working there.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).

Any other incident relating to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).
Instigation and outcome of any Child Protection Enquiry involving a Resident.

Outside Agencies

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 08456 40 40 40).

In addition, the following notifications should be made:
Serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Child or employee. This includes serious or persistent self harming or attempted suicide.

Outside Agencies:

The Health and Safety Executive.

*If a medical practitioner considers it to be notifiable under RIDDOR.

Outbreak of any infectious disease which in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner is sufficiently serious to be so notified.

Outside Agencies

The Health and Safety Executive.

A child accommodated at the Home is absent or missing.

Placing authority (where relevant).

Police (in accordance with the local Protocol on Missing Children).


3. Notifying the Regulatory Authority/HSE

3.1 The Regulatory Authority

Click here to access the Notification Form for Ofsted.

3.2 Health and Safety Executive

For information on notifying the Health and Safety Executive Incident Contact Centre:

Tel: 0845 300 99 23
Email: riddor@connaught.plc.uk
Website: www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/

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