Local authority powers and duties to provide accommodation for children in Wales
Produced in partnership with Matthew Wyard, Barrister of 3PB Barristers
Local authority powers and duties to provide accommodation for children in Wales

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Matthew Wyard, Barrister of 3PB Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Local authority powers and duties to provide accommodation for children in Wales
  • Provision of accommodation for children by a Welsh Local Authority
  • General duty
  • Children without parents or who are lost or abandoned
  • Children in care/LAC accommodation
  • Visits to the child by the local authority’s representative
  • Duty to maintain family contacts

This is a Practice Note for lawyers working in, or for, Children’s Services departments within local authorities in Wales. It deals exclusively with the law that relates to Wales. For the law as it stands in England, regard should be had generally to: Local authority duties to children—overview.

Please note that this Practice Note covers the law only insofar as it relates to a local authority’s legal obligations in Wales in relation to providing accommodation for children. For guidance on child protection in Wales, see Practice Note: Local authority duties to children in Wales—child protection and for information on a Welsh local authority’s duties to looked after children, see Practice Note: Local authority duties to looked after children in Wales. For information on the duties of local authorities in England, see the Practice Notes referred to below.

Provision of accommodation for children by a Welsh Local Authority

Community care/adult social care practitioners will undoubtedly be familiar with section 20 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). Those looking for information on section 20 should consult Practice Note: Section 20 of the Children Act 1989—local authority duties.

Best practice is likely to be reflective across jurisdictions and therefore Welsh practitioners may wish to have regard to Practice Note: Accommodating children under section 20—best practice.

A local authority’s obligations to provide accommodation for children in Wales is found at sections 75–77

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