Children in Care: Jersey

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 5th March 2008.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities in England with responsibility for children's services have placed children in the care of the States of Jersey since 1980; and what steps are being taken to ascertain the whereabouts of those people placed in care.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

No provisions exist in law for the responsibility for children in care to be transferred from English local authorities to the States of Jersey.

Any English local authority proposing to make arrangements for a child in care to be placed outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales (which includes placing a child in Crown Dependencies such as Jersey) requires the permission of a court, the child's consent, and the permission of all those with parental responsibility for the child, before doing so. The placing local authority retains parental responsibility for the child in such cases, which includes the responsibility for safeguarding them and promoting their welfare, as well as (since 2001) keeping in touch with care leavers until at least the age of 21. Data on the numbers of children placed in Jersey by English local authorities are not collected centrally.

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