What is Delegated Authority?

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  • Author:Dominique Dunning
  • Published:2021
  • Country: United Kingdom

As Carers, we do not possess Parental Responsibility (PR) for the children we care for. Parental Responsibility remains with either the parent completely or shared with the Local Authority.

Delegated Authority is an agreement made at the point of placement, ideally at the Placement Planning Meeting, which provides Carers with an agreement for the day-to-day care arrangements for a child.

The decisions made in this agreement will be guided by who has PR and this will be dependent on the type of placement order. The plan is made taking into account the age of the child and their wishes.

It is important to remember that any child who is placed under a Section 20 will need the Parents agreement and that at any time the parent can rescind this agreement.

It is advisable that even with an agreement in the form of the Delegated Authority to inform the Child’s Social Worker and your Supervising Social Worker of any plans and decisions you make and keep a record of when this was shared.

The Delegated Authority tool is a record of who has what day to day decisions for a child such as haircuts, piercings even tattoos!

The template is an example only and Tandem always advise Carers to follow their service providers procedures, policy and protocols.

Click on the link to the right in Wiki Materials Files to download an example of the Delegated Authority template.

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