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visits to children in long term residential care regulations

7 April 2011

On the 25th April 2011 The Visits to Children in Long-Term Residential Care Regulations comes into force.

The regulations are relatively short and support Section 86A of the Children Act 1989 which states that there is a legal duty on local authorities to visit a child in long term residential care.

However, the new regulations (link) make provisions about those visits and state that:

  1. The accommodated child must be visited every twelve months by a local authority representative
  2. The representative should ensure that the child is spoken to in private unless inappropriate to do so.
  3. Following each visit the representative should produce a written report which should be given to certain individuals, including the child and the child’s parents.

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