Domiciliary care providers can be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (and similarly in Wales and Scotland with the respective Care Inspectorates) to offer personal care and support to children of all ages as well as adults. To do this they will register with CQC their services in any one or all of three service bands for children:

  • 0–3 years

  • 4–12 years

  • 13–18 years.

Service users are treated as adults from 19 years onwards.

Domiciliary care provision to children can then take a number of forms. A domiciliary care agency could be set up as a dedicated children’s service for any one or all of the three age bands in which registration is required. However, most agencies that seek to offer services to children will do so as part of their range of provision including adult care.

The purpose of this topic is therefore to provide guidance to care providers and managers who are providing or seek to provide a domiciliary care service to children under the age of 18 and their families, so that they comply with their registration requirements for the respective service bands. It attempts to clarify where common policies apply and to identify where specific childcare policies and procedures are needed.

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