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Independent Care Home Providers

Duties under Children’s Homes Regulation for children’s home providers

The information on this web page has been produced to assist managers in children’s homes and prospective providers of new children’s homes to carry out duties under amendments to regulations  that came into effect on 1 April 2014.

This advice covers the following:

  • Regulation 31 and location assessments and;
  • Missing children policy and procedure
  • Additional national and local guidance

The Looked After Children Care Providers’ Information Pack has been designed by Staffordshire Police, in conjunction with partners involved in children’s social care and local care providers.

As well as useful information around responding to risks faced by looked-after children and young people (CYP), there are a number of forms and feedback sheets for use by care staff.

What the children’s home manager/ provider need to do

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.

Keys in a doorNew duties placed on providers require them to:

  1. Carry out a risk assessment of the area before the opening of the home and then at regular intervals
  2. Put in place appropriate safeguards where risks had been identified before a home opens (or where new risks appear over time); and
  3.  Collaborate with the police and LSCB at all stages of this process, not just in putting the safeguards in place but also trying to identify the risks in the first place

This document provides further guidance on what to consider when conducting location reviews:

Children’s homes regulations amendments 2014: Advice for children’s homes providers on new duties under amendments to regulations that came into effect in January and April 2014

Relevant steps in completing a location assessment will involve the collection of publicly available local data. This can be accessed via the following web sites:

For the latest insight on Staffordshire visit the Staffordshire Observatory website.

Visit the Stoke-on-Trent website for the latest insight.

For the latest crime stats for your area please visit the Police UK website. This site provides you with the level of crime in the vicinity and the response to it, violence and sexual offences, drug related crime, antisocial behaviour, property crime and gang activity.

Map of levels of deprivation: The index of deprivation includes information on crime, barriers to employment, education, skills and training and housing and homelessness

Information on school performance: On the Department for Education website.

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. To do this please goes to the following web page:

For homes based in Staffordshire please go to: Section 4G: Children Missing from Care and Home and Vulnerable Missing Families

For homes based in Stoke please go to: Procedure D08 Children who run away or go missing from home or care.


For further details about training please follow the links below

Other relevant links

Working Together to Safeguard Children – this guidance covers the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and a clear framework for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of local services.