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5.3.6 Notifications of Significant Events

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Children Looked After placed in foster care or residential care.

RELATED CHAPTER

Death of or Serious Injury to a Child Procedure


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 to be made by Independent Fostering Agencies in relation to specified events. Please note there is no requirement for Local Authority fostering services to notify in accordance with Schedule 7.

Click here to view Schedule 7 Events and Notifications table.


2. Children Placed in Children’s Homes

Regulation 40 of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 sets 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

The Local Authority in whose area the children’s home is located (if that Local Authority is not the placing authority);

The Clinical Commissioning Group for the area in which the home is located;

If the child was accommodated in a secure children’s home, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales (“the PPO”); and

Any other relevant person.
Referral pursuant to Section 35 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended) of an individual working in the Home.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 0300 123 1231)
Involvement or suspected involvement of a Resident in sexual exploitation.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

The Police
Any incident requiring police involvement occurs in relation to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Any allegation of abuse against the home or a person working there.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Any other incident relating to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious.

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)

In addition, the following notifications should be made:
Serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Child or employee*. This includes serious or persistent self harming or attempted suicide.

Outside Agencies: 

The Health and Safety Executive

*If a medical practitioner considers it to be notifiable under RIDDOR
Outbreak of any infectious disease which in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner is sufficiently serious to be so notified.

Outside Agencies

The Health and Safety Executive

A child accommodated at the Home is missing.

Placing authority (where relevant)

Police (in accordance with the West Yorkshire Joint Protocol on Children Missing from Home or Care)


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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