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Out of Area Children in Care Notifications England

Last Updated: Thursday, 16-May-24 15:38

Important notice: Is your local authority contact email address correct? As the GCSX email system is being decommissioned, ADCS is looking to update the email addresses for notification purposes. Please contact with your updated email address

The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review statutory guidance and the associated regulations updated in 2013, outline duties on local authorities to notify other local authorities if they place a child in care within their area. It also requires children’s homes to notify their host local authority when a child is placed with them by another authority. Where a child who is not in care is placed in a health or education placement for three months or more, or with that intention, the placing authority or organisation also has a duty to notify the host local authority prior to placement or as soon as practicable thereafter. The host LA, supported by relevant agencies in both the host and home authority must ensure that education and health partners are provided with information about placements of children in care into/out of their area.

ADCS has collated email addresses for each host LA, accessible via the A-Z list below. If you wish to update the local authority details listed here, please contact If you have queries about a certain area or placement, please contact the area directly using the details below or via the DCS contact or general local authority number as appropriate. ADCS does not hold any further information other than that listed below.

In collaboration with the College of Policing and NPCC we would like to encourage LA colleagues to also notify the relevant police force when a child is being placed out of area, based on the needs/risk of the child, this should include the risk of the child going missing It is hoped that this additional notification channel will assist in the safeguarding of some of the most vulnerable children in the care system.

Please use the police force contact details, linked below, to make the notifications. Further information on when to make the notification can be found within each police force webpage.

Local authority Secure email address LA website Police Force
Barking & Dagenham Web link
Barnet Web link
Barnsley Web link
Bath & North East Somerset CIC_Admin@BATHNES.GOV.UK Web link
Bedford Web link
Bexley Web link
Birmingham Web link
Blackburn with Darwen Web link
Blackpool Web link
Bolton Web link
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: Web link
Bracknell Forest Web link
Bradford Web link
Brent Web link
Brighton & Hove Web link
Bristol Web link
Bromley Web link
Buckinghamshire Web link
Bury Web link

Local authority Secure email address LA website Police Force
Gateshead Web link
Gloucestershire Web link
Royal Borough of Greenwich Contact Greenwich for secure email address Weblink

Local authority Secure email address LA website Police Force
Salford Web link
Sandwell Web link
Sefton Web link
Sheffield Web link
Shropshire Web link
Slough Web link
Solihull Web link
Somerset Web link
South Gloucestershire Web link
South Tyneside Web link
Southampton Web link
Southend-on-Sea Web link;
Southwark Web link
St Helens Web link
Staffordshire Web link
Stockport See website Weblink
Stockton on Tees Web link
Stoke on Trent Web link
Suffolk Web link
Sunderland Web link
Surrey Web link
Sutton Web link
Swindon Web link

Local authority Secure email address LA website Police Force
Wakefield Web link
Walsall Web link
Waltham Forest Web link
Wandsworth Web link
Warrington safeguarding& Web link
Warwickshire Web link
West Berkshire Web link
West Northamptonshire See Northamptonshire Trust
West Sussex Web link
Westminster Web link
Westmorland See Cumberland
Wigan Web link
Wiltshire Web link
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Web link
Wirral Web link
Wokingham Web link
Wolverhampton Web link 1 and web link 2
Worcestershire Web link and

Local authority Secure email address LA website Police Force
City of York Web link