LAC and previously LAC: role of governors

Find out what your responsibilities are regarding looked-after children (LAC) and previously LAC. Be clear on the statutory requirements so your school can stay compliant.

Last reviewed on 30 May 2022
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  1. Make sure there's a designated teacher
  2. Give admission priority to LAC
  3. Approve and review your designated teacher policy (if you have one)
  4. Hold your school to account

Make sure there's a designated teacher

As a governing board, you must make sure:

  • A designated teacher is appointed to promote the educational achievement of LAC and previously LAC
  • This teacher undertakes appropriate training
  • You consider any annual report about LAC and previously LAC and act on any issues that the report raises

You also need to make sure staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding to keep LAC safe.

This is outlined in the Governance Handbook (section 6.5.13), and in Keeping Children Safe in Education (paragraph 190).

Who can be the designated teacher?

They must be:

  • A qualified teacher who has completed an appropriate induction period (if required), or
  • The executive leader or acting executive leader at your school

See pages 86 and 87 of the Governance Handbook.

Can there be more than 1?

However, some functions (such as pastoral and administrative tasks) can be delegated to other people, depending on your