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Regulation 24 placement

This is a legal regulation that allows children’s services to place a child with a family member or friend in an emergency. Children’s services will have to carry out certain basic checks about the family member’s home life. They will need to do a brief assessment of their ability to care for and protect the child. But the regulation allows the placement to continue for up to 16 weeks while a full assessment is completed. This timeframe can be extended once, by eight weeks, to a maximum of 24 weeks.

The full assessment must be completed during this time.

These placements are authorised by Regulation 24 of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010.

For more information see our advice pages on:

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