This guidance will explain the provision of relevant services for children and families where there is a risk the child may become looked after. The purpose of the 2014 Act as a whole is explained, and definitions are provided for terms
frequently used in this guidance. The guidance is divided into two sections: Part one provides the legal framework. Part two describes the relevant services outlined in the 2016 Order and the persons for whom relevant services must be provided. Appendix A is Part 12 of the 2014 Act and the 2016 Order. Appendix B contains a list of useful organisations and further information.
This non-statutory guidance has been written to support the wide range of frontline practitioners, managers and strategic leaders who all play an important role in supporting children and families who face adversities. This guidance is
particularly relevant for social care, health, education and third sector providers using a multi-agency approach. Practitioners will also need to be aware of other parts of the 2014 Act, and the other Guidance related to those parts, including,
most notably Part 1 (Rights of Children), Part 3 (Children‘s Services Planning), Part 13 (Support for Kinship Care) and Part 18 (General), in particular Section 96 (Assessment of wellbeing).