Do parents and carers with parental responsibility have the right to know where their child is living when they are in care under a court order?
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Yes. Children’s services have a duty to share this information with parents (see schedule 2, paragraph 15(2) of the Children Act 1989).
But there is an exception. This is when children’s services have:
‘reasonable cause to believe informing the person would prejudice the child’s welfare’.
This means children’s services do not have tell a parent (or other person with parental responsibility) where a child is living if it might put the child at risk of harm in some way (see schedule 2, paragraph 15(4) of the Children Act 1989).