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Children’s Services Statutory Duties

Children’s Services Statutory Duties

In 2011, a piece of work was undertaken by government which produced lists of statutory duties as they apply to councils in England. Of those duties, around 200 were in respect of children’s services.

More than seven years on, ADCS has undertaken an exercise to update the list of duties - we believe there are now almost 300 statutory duties in relation to children’s services.

The list we have compiled is not necessarily exhaustive - we would be grateful for any feedback from colleagues on the duties listed to assist us:

  • Remove any duties no longer in statute
  • Remove any duties which have been over-ridden by more recent legislation
  • Add any duties which we have not yet identified.

Please contact Pam Davies at with your comments.

We hope that this list will be a valuable resource to our members as they deal with diminishing budgets and a range of reviews of the wider services they provide.

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