Notifications of Significant Events

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter sets out who must be notified of specified events in relation to Looked After children placed in foster care or residential care.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was amended in January 2019. From 29 June 2018, local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

1. Notifying the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel ('the Panel') within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Incidents should be reported where the local authority knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected and:

  • The child dies (including suspected suicide) or is seriously harmed in the local authority's area;
  • While normally resident in the local authority's area, the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England.

The local authority must also notify the Secretary of State and Ofsted where a looked after child has died, whether or not abuse or neglect is known or suspected.

The process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel are set out on the GOV.UK website.

Local authorities should continue to use Ofsted's current Notification Form for Serious Childcare Incidents to notify the Panel until a new system for the Panel goes live. Notifications made through this route will go to the Panel, Ofsted and the DfE.

In urgent situations, particularly if there is significant media interest in a particular incident, call Ofsted on 0300 123 1231.

2. Children Placed in Foster Care

Regulation 36 and Schedule 7 of the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 set out the arrangements for notifications in relation to specified events.

Click here to view Schedule 7 Events and Notifications table.

3. Children Placed in Children's Homes

Regulation 40 of the Children's Homes( England) Regulations 2015 sets out the arrangements for notifications in relation to specified events. to be made by using the online notification form.

In urgent situations you should telephone Ofsted first on 0300 123 1231. Use the online form if possible. You will need your URN (Unique Reference Number) and full postal address when completing a form. If you can't use the online form you can use the printable form, sign it and return to Ofsted at:

Notifications
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EVENT WHO TO NOTIFY
Death of a Resident.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 0300 123 1231)

The Health and Safety Executive

The Secretary of State for Children

The local authority in whose area the children's home is located (if that local authority is not the placing authority)

The Clinical Commissioning Group for the area in which the home is located

If the child was accommodated in a secure children's home, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales ("the PPO"); and

Any other relevant person.
Referral pursuant to section 35 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended) of an individual working in the Home.

Outside Agencies: 

Ofsted (National Business Unit: Tel 0300 123 1231)
Involvement or suspected involvement of a Resident in sexual exploitation.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

The Police
Any incident requiring police involvement occurs in relation to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Any allegation of abuse against the home or a person working there.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

Any other incident relating to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)
Instigation and outcome of any Child Protection Enquiry involving a Resident.

Outside Agencies:

Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)

In addition, the following notifications should be made:
Serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Child or employee. This includes serious or persistent self harming or attempted suicide.

Outside Agencies:

The Health and Safety Executive

*If a medical practitioner considers it to be notifiable under RIDDOR

Outbreak of any infectious disease which in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner is sufficiently serious to be so notified.

Outside Agencies:

The Health and Safety Executive

A child accommodated at the Home is absent or missing.

Placing authority (where relevant)

Police (in accordance with the local Protocol on Missing Children)

4. Notifying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

T: 0845 300 99 23
E: riddor@connaught.plc.uk
www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/

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