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Promoting the Health and welfare of looked after children: updated statutory guidance, DfE (2014)

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about draft joint statutory guidance
from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department of Health (DH) on
promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children. The guidance is for local
authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England.
This document will replace the existing version of the guidance that was published
jointly by DH and the then Department for Children, Schools and Families in November
The current guidance is out of date. The updated draft, on which DfE and DH are now
consulting, has been revised to reflect the reformed health landscape and other
changes since 2009.
Who is the guidance for?
• Senior managers responsible for local authority children’s services, including
Directors of Public Health; staff in CCGs and NHS England; designated and
named health professionals for looked-after childen; frontline managers with
responsibilities for looked-after children; children’s social workers and
supervising social workers; managers and staff of services for care leavers; Lead
Members for Children’s Services; commissioners of placements and other
services for children; Virtual School Heads; Independent Reviewing Officers
(IROs); Personal Advisers and any other professional who is involved in the
delivery of services and care to looked-after children.
Issue date
The consultation was issued on Thursday 27 November 2014.
If your enquiry is related to the policy content of the consultation you can contact:
If your enquiry is related to the DfE e-consultation website or the consultation process in
general, you can contact the DfE Ministerial and Public Communications Division by
email:, or by telephone: 0370 000 2288 or via
the DfE Contact us page.4
The response
The results of the consultation and the Departments’ response will be published on GOV.UK in early 2015.