Local Offer Guidance for Local Authorities

  • Gov Leglislation
  • Author:Department for Education
  • Published:February 2018
  • Country: United Kingdom

Local Offer Guidance for local authorities

Summary About this guidance

This guidance is about Section 2 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 which requires each local authority to consult on and publish a local offer for its care leavers.
The local offer should provide information about all the services and support that is available to care leavers from the local authority (see further information on partner agencies below), including information about both their statutory entitlements as well as any discretionary support that a local authority chooses to provide.

Section 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires local authorities to have regard to seven corporate parenting principles when discharging their functions in relation to looked-after children and care leavers. The local offer should set out what support all local authority departments will provide (not just Children’s Services), having regard to the corporate parenting principles.

What legislation does this guidance refer to?

This guidance refers to:
Sections 1 to 3 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is for local authorities and others who contribute to services provided to care leavers. The publication of a local offer is a requirement for all local authorities in England.

For the purpose of this guidance, a local authority in England means:

  • A county council in England
  • A district council
  • A London borough council
  • The Common Council, of the City of London (in their capacity as a local authority)
  • The Council of the Isles of Scilly; and
  • A combined authority established under section 103 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

Main points

Section 2 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires each local authority to consult on and publish a local offer for its care leavers. The local offer should provide information about all the services and support that is available to care leavers from the local authority (see further information on partner agencies below), including information about both their statutory entitlements as well as any discretionary support that a local authority chooses to provide.

Section 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires local authorities to have regard to seven corporate parenting principles when discharging their functions in relation to looked-after children and care leavers. The local offer should set out what support all local authority departments will provide (not just Children’s Services), having regard to the corporate parenting principles.

The local offer

Section 2 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires each local authority to consult on and publish a local offer for its care leavers. The local offer should provide information about all the services and support that is available to care leavers from the local authority (see further information on partner agencies below), including information about both their statutory entitlements as well as any discretionary support that a local authority chooses to provide.

Section 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires local authorities to have regard to seven corporate parenting principles when discharging their functions in relation to looked-after children and care leavers. The local offer should set out what support all local authority departments will provide (not just Children’s Services), having regard to the corporate parenting principles.

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