UKHL 26 sets out how, under the Children Act 1989, local authorities should respond to the needs of homeless 16 to 17-year-olds. These responsibilities are not new and the judgment was in line with the Department's interpretation of the legislation and previous guidance issued to local authorities. However, following representations from local authorities, we intend in early 2010 to consult on further guidance to local authority children's and housing services about how they should implement their duties to assess and where necessary accommodate homeless 16 to 17-year-olds.
Ofsted assess children's services in local areas including inspecting services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection. For looked after children this includes inspecting the quality of risk management and decision-making in identifying which children need to be taken into care.