This statutory guidance provides local authorities and health boards, working in partnership with other public bodies and organisations, with information and advice about how they should exercise the functions conferred by Part 3 (Children's Services Planning) of the Act.
This guidance has been designed to support effective implementation by explaining the purpose and detail of each duty. However, it is not prescriptive about how certain functions should be realised in practice (except in those instances where the legislation is specific on a matter). Each local authority and health board, in collaboration with their children’s services planning partners, may shape their own approach, in reference to their local context, within the parameters set by Part 3. Where appropriate, this guidance does illustrate how duties may be fulfilled, but these are suggestions only.
This guidance should be read alongside the guidance for Part 1 (Rights of Children), Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons), Part 5 (Child's Plan), Part 6 (Early Learning and Childcare) and section 96 (Assessment of wellbeing).