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

The MSB would like to encourage all staff working for Foster Care Agencies, Children’s Homes, Independent Supported Accommodation (ISA) providers and Residential Special Schools to sign up to receive our regular e-bulletin about safeguarding in Manchester – see the box at the foot of this page.

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 the needs of the child.

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. This can be accessed via the following:

Regulation 14: Missing Children states that homes must have in place a missing child policy. 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 (LSCB) guidance.

For information on local policy visit our Missing children resource.

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.

Visit their website

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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