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Children Act 1989

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53Provision of community homes by local authorities

(1)Every local authority shall make such arrangements as they consider appropriate for securing that homes (“community homes”) are available—

(a)for the care and accommodation of children looked after by them; and

(b)for purposes connected with the welfare of children (whether or not looked after by them),

and may do so jointly with one or more other local authorities.

(2)In making such arrangements, a local authority shall have regard to the need for ensuring the availability of accommodation—

(a)of different descriptions; and

(b)which is suitable for different purposes and the requirements of different descriptions of children.

(3)A community home may be a home—

(a)provided, managed, equipped and maintained by a local authority; or

(b)provided by a voluntary organisation but in respect of which a local authority and the organisation—

(i)propose that, in accordance with an instrument of management, the management, equipment and maintenance of the home shall be the responsibility of the local authority; or

(ii)so propose that the management, equipment and maintenance of the home shall be the responsibility of the voluntary organisation.

(4)Where a local authority are to be responsible for the management of a community home provided by a voluntary organisation, the authority shall designate the home as a controlled community home.

(5)Where a voluntary organisation are to be responsible for the management of a community home provided by the organisation, the local authority shall designate the home as an assisted community home.

(6)Schedule 4 shall have effect for the purpose of supplementing the provisions of this Part.

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