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What duties does a local authority have towards supporting a 16-year old, who is subject to a care order, who has left the placement and returned home?

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Published on LexisPSL on 21/12/2018

The following Local Government Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What duties does a local authority have towards supporting a 16-year old, who is subject to a care order, who has left the placement and returned home?
  • What is the effect of a care order?
  • What duties to the LA have?

What duties does a local authority have towards supporting a 16-year old, who is subject to a care order, who has left the placement and returned home?

What is the effect of a care order?

The Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) created a single statutory route for taking children into care through a care order or providing for the safeguarding of children at home through a supervision order, requiring the statutory threshold to be satisfied.

Following care proceedings, when the court makes a care order, the effect is that parental responsibility is shared between the local authority (LA) and parents, or any other holder of parental responsibility prior to the care order being made.

By virtue of the care order being in force, the child will become a looked-after child and associated LA responsibilities will apply.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Care orders and supervision orders.

A care order ends when the child

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