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3. (1) Before a child begins to be looked after by a local authority, the authority shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, make a care plan to address the immediate and longer-term needs of the child with a view to safeguarding and promoting his welfare.
(2) In drawing up any care plan a local authority shall–
(a)in the case of any child to be placed, so far as is reasonably practicable before placing, obtain and record in writing the information relating to the child specified in Schedule 1;
(b)take into account all information available to them relevant to the performance of their duties under section 17(1) to (5) of the Act.
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