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Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases

Working with Foreign Authorities in Child Protection Cases

Lincolnshire County Council has developed a new policy for working with foreign authorities in child protection cases.

It follows DfE Guidance on Working with Foreign Authorities which Lincolnshire has added to their procedures due to he number of cases which have a foreign element.

The policy also includes a section about co-operating with requests from other foreign authorities when they make requests under Art. 55 of Brussells II Revised (which is not covered by the DfE Guidance.) Local authorities have a statutory duty to respond to such requests and assist with providing information which may be used by the foreign authority to make decisions about children who are known but then move to England.

The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) have been very complementary of this new procedure and have encouraged this work to be shared. More information about the ICACU can be found here (external link to Family Law website.

The document is offered as practice guidance, by way of assistance to local authorities and their partners, and is owned by Lincolnshire County Council.

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