English Government Strategies

Allowances Report 2019-20 for England

Location: England

Author: The Fostering Network

Year: 2019


In the summer of 2019, The Fostering Network conducted a survey of local authorities in England via freedom of information (FOI) requests. The purpose of the survey was monitor whether local authorities who have previously set their allowances below or at the NMA level are meeting the NMAs set by the Department for Education. This report includes the data from fostering services who have set their allowances below or at the NMA level over the past five years, including this year. 58 local authorities met this criterion.

The local authorities were asked the following question:
1) Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers?
In addition, we asked all local authorities in England the details of the allowances given to former foster carers in Staying Put arrangements and the foster care allowance level for 16-18 to make comparisons of any changes post-18. The results from these questions will be published in a separate forthcoming Staying Put report.
Even though FOI requests should be a reliable way of gathering information, we became aware that some of the information that was given to us was not correct. Where we have become aware of inaccuracies we have sought for clarification and used the updated, accurate figures in the tables below rather than the figures obtained via the FOI request. In each of these cases we have sought clarification direct from the local authority. Given the difficulty in sometimes gathering accurate information about foster care, it highlights the need to make clear and publicly available all foster care allowances set by fostering services.

Surveillance and monitoring in residential childcare settings

Location: England

Author: Ofsted

Year: 2019


This information is for providers and managers on the use of surveillance, including CCTV, in their residential childcare settings and how Ofsted will evaluate its use.


This guidance relates to the following residential settings in which inspectors will expect that the remit-specific regulations and guidance are being followed:

  • children’s homes

  • residential family centres

  • secure children’s homes

For residential accommodation in schools, inspectors will evaluate the arrangements against the best practice principles set out in this guidance.

Principles to guide higher education providers on improving care leavers access and participation in HE

Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2019


This is for senior leaders, widening participation and student support teams in higher education providers. The guiding principles will support Higher Education (HE) providers to develop their offer for care leavers to help them access and succeed in higher education.

It includes advice on how to

  • identify and support care leavers before they enter HE

  • offer financial and practical support

  • support care leavers to grow their own networks

Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

Location: England

Author: Department of Education

Year: 2018


This statutory guidance is for:

  • governors

  • headteachers

  • teachers

  • local authorities

It applies to maintained schools.

It relates to the duty of governing bodies of all maintained schools to appoint a designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children on the school roll.

Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

Location: England

Author: Department of Education

Year: 2018


This is for:

  • local authorities

  • virtual school heads (VSHs)

  • directors of children’s services

  • social workers

  • independent reviewing officers

  • officers who are responsible for the education of looked-after children

It details the duty local authorities and VSHs have to promote the educational achievement of the children they look after.

Statutory guidance sets out what local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Virtual school heads (VSHs) are in charge of promoting the educational achievement of all the children looked after by their local authority they work for.

Applying corporate parenting principles to looked-after children and care leavers

Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2018


This guidance is for local authorities and their ‘relevant partners’ (as defined in section 10 of the Children Act 2004) and others who contribute to services provided to looked-after children and care leavers.

It is designed to help local authorities consider the kinds of services that may be offered with regard to the corporate parenting principles.

Keep On Caring: Supporting Young People from Care to Independence

Location: England

Author: Her Majesty's Government

Year: 2016


This strategy looks at how to improve services, support and advice for care leavers. It makes recommendations for local and national government, and wider sectors of society.

Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

Location: England

Author: Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care

Year: 2015


This guidance is for:

  • local authorities

  • commissioners of health services for children

  • NHS England

  • designated and named professionals for looked-after children

  • GPs, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists

  • managers and staff of services for care leavers, and personal advisers

  • teachers

  • health visitors, school nurses and any other professional who is involved in the delivery of services and care to looked-after children

It aims to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need.

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

This document replaces statutory guidance on ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children’ issued in 2009.

Care Leavers: Skill Support

Location: England

Author: Department for Business

Year: 2014


This guidance is of use to all personal advisers and care leavers seeking learning resources to gain new skills and open up new opportunities for work

Into Independence, not out of care: 16 plus care options

Location: England

Author: House of Commons Education Committee

Year: 2014


Into independence, not out of care: 16 plus care options- Government response to the Committee's second report of session 2014-15 third special report of session 2014-14

Promoting the education of looked-after children: Statutory guidance for local authorities


Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2014


Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after children's aspirations to achieve in further and higher education

Staying put: arrangements for care leavers aged 18 years and above

Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2013


This guidance sets out the Department for Education, HM Revenue and Customs, and Department for Work and Pensions frameworks that local authorities must be aware of, and take account of, when developing a local ‘staying put’ policy.

NICE Guidelines for Looked-After Children and Young People

Location: UK

Author: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


This guideline covers how organisations, professionals and carers can work together to deliver high quality care, stable placements and nurturing relationships for looked-after children and young people. It aims to help these children and young people reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities in life as their peers.

This guideline does not provide detailed information on health promotion, or cover treatments for specific illnesses and conditions.

In May 2015, changes were made to recommendations 3, 5, 12, 36 and 38 to reflect changes to government policy.

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