2. Purpose and scope
This practice guidance is primarily for any local authority staff in England / Wales and any Health and Social Care trust staff in Northern Ireland who are involved in the placing of children into Scottish residential care under a DOL order.
The guidance can also support Scottish authorities and services to understand what the placing authorities from England / Wales / Northern Ireland are required to do when placing a child with a DOL order into Scottish residential care.
The guidance is provided to support placing local authorities to understand and complete the Placement Notice and Undertaking and provide additional essential information to support the child or young person's care. In addition, the guidance sets out issues that placing authorities should consider at different stages of the placement process. The guidance explains some of the key provisions of the Regulations, for example setting out what is required for a DOL order to be recognised in Scotland, as well as the enforcement mechanisms available to the Scottish Ministers in the event of a placing authority failing to meet its obligations.
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