Education of children in care
Looked-after children, as defined by the Children Act 1989, are either:
- in the care of a local authority; or
- are provided with accommodation by a local authority for a continuous period of more than 24 hours
We use the term ‘children in care’ to include all children that are being looked after by a local authority. Some of them may live outside the local authority area.
Read detailed guidance from the government on: Looked-after children and children in care | GOV.UK
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