The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Joy Hopkinson of London Borough of Lambeth Council provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the related statutory instruments.
A connected person is defined under The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/959, reg 24 as 'a relative, friend or other person connected with C'.
'C' means a child who is looked after by the local authority either under a care order under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) (including an interim care order) or is being provided with accommodation under ChA 1989, s 20 for more than 24 hours.
The Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on Family and Friends Care states that a connected person 'may be someone who knows the child in a more professional capacity such as a child minder, a teacher or a youth worker although these are not exclusive categories'.
Once a child is looked after ChA 1989, s 22C(6)(a) requires a local authority to seek first to place a child with a relative, friend or connected person unless such a placement does not meet the child’s needs or is unsafe.
This principle is reinforced by the Public Law Outline 2011, revised in 2014, which
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