Foster Care Agencies, Children’s Homes & ISA Providers – resources for practitioners

Independent Care Home Providers
The Children’s Homes Regulation 2015 introduced duties for managers of children’s homes and prospective providers of new children’s homes.

Regulation 31: Fitness of premises requires the registered person to make sure that the premises are appropriately and suitably located, so that children are effectively safeguarded and are able to access all the services to meet their needs.

New duties placed on providers require them to:

The guide Children’s homes regulations amendments 2014  provides advice for children’s homes providers on these duties.

Relevant steps in completing a location assessment will involve the collection of publicly available local data:

Regulation 14: Missing Children states that homes must have a missing child policy in place. This must have regard to relevant local authority or police protocols on Missing Children. It is the responsibility of managers and providers to ensure that their policy is in line with Local Safeguarding Children Board/ Partnership guidance.

For further details about safeguarding training visit our learning hub.

Other relevant links
The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) is the voice of independent providers of child care services and resources for children and young people. They are a Not for Profit association representing professionals who have chosen to work in the independent sector.

Information for children & young people about living in a children’s home
Local information to share with children and young people can be found on the Manchester City Council website at


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