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Children in Care: Disabled

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what review processes are in place to monitor the care of children with disabilities in long-term institutional care; (289573)

(2) what plans he has to estimate the number of children with disabilities in long-term institutional care.

Local authorities have to develop care plans setting out how they intend to respond to the assessed needs of disabled children who are living away from their family and are being looked after by the local authority.

All care plans must be kept under review so that progress can be monitored and revised as circumstances change. Review meetings should be chaired by the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) and conducted in accordance with minimum statutory requirements: within 28 days, three months and six monthly intervals after placement. Reviews should ensure that there is no undue delay in implementing the actions set out in a child's plan and that the child's views are taken in to account.

Children's Homes, including those who care for children with disabilities, must comply with the Children's Homes Regulations Act 2001 and the National Minimum Standards for Children's Homes and are registered, inspected and regulated by Ofsted.

The regulations and standards make specific reference to where children with disabilities are cared for in the home, with the overarching ethos being that disabled children in the home should be able to receive the same opportunities as other children within the home.

There are no plans to estimate the number of disabled children who are in residential settings.