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6.2.6 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.

This chapter was added to the manual in July 2014.


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 30 and Schedule 5 of the Children’s Homes Regulations 2001 (as amended) set 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 0300 123 1231)

The Health and Safety Executive

The Secretary of State for Children

Referral pursuant to section 35 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 of an individual working in the Home.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 0300 123 1231)
Serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Child or employee. This includes serious or persistent self harming or attempted suicide.

Outside Agencies

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 0300 123 1231)

The Health and Safety Executive

*If a medical practitioner considers it to be notifiable under RIDDOR
Allegation that a Resident Accommodated at the Home has committed a serious offence

Outside Agencies

The Police

Involvement or suspected involvement of a Resident in sexual exploitation

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

The Police
Any incident necessitating calling the Police or Emergency Services (e.g. Fire Brigade, ambulance etc.).

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Any serious complaint about Homes or employees

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Instigation and outcome of any Child Protection Enquiry involving a Resident

Outside Agencies

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

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

Outside Agencies

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

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:

T: 0845 300 99 23
E: riddor@connaught.plc.uk
www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/

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