Previously looked after children - information for educational settings - Luton Council


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​​What does previously looked after children (PLAC) refer to?
For the purpose of these pages, PLAC is a collective term which refers to children and young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority for at least one day and have gone on to be:
  • ​adopted 
  • subject to a special guardianship order (SGO)
  • subject to a child arrangement order (CAO)
It does not refer to children who have been ‘looked after’ and have been returned to the care of their parent/s.​

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Pre-adoptive placement and adoption

When a child moves into a pre-adoptive placement they continue to be a looked after child (LAC).

Child arrangement order (CAO)

This has replaced residence orders and contact orders. The order will state who a child lives and with and can determine who they can spend time with and for how long.

Special guardianship order (SGO)

This is deemed to be a permanent order that determines who the child will live with for the duration of their minority.

What duties do schools and local authorities have?

Children and Social Work Act 2017 places the following requirements on the local authority and schools for previously looked after children (PLAC).

Accessing guidance and information

Find out how schools and families can access guidance and information from the local authority.

Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) for PLAC

How do schools access PP+ for PLAC and what are the requirements for spending?

Post-adoption support

What support is available to the family once the adoption/SGO/CAO is complete?

Issues affecting previously looked after children

How do we find out about issues which may be of particular relevance to previously looked after children?

Contact us

Contact Luton's virtual school if you need any other help or guidance.

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