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Placing looked after children in Merton from other areas

Other local authorities must notify us when they place looked-after children in the London Borough of Merton. This page sets out the processes for notifying us of a placement, and consulting with us about ‘distant’ placements. It also lists key services available to looked after children and young people placed in Merton.

Letter from DCS Rachael Wardell, Director of Children, Schools and Families

Notifications for looked-after children placed in Merton

All notifications of looked after children placed in Merton should be sent to SSMash Referalls Information or to the following address using the notification form below.

Mash Team
London Borough of Merton
12th Floor Civic Centre

Telephone: 020 8545 4266

The above address should also be used for reporting any change of address for the child or young person and for notifying the London Borough of Merton when child or young person is leaving the area. The received information will be recorded as a notification on our databases.

Duty to consult on 'distant' placements

If you are planning to place a child from your local authority within our local authority area and it is a ‘distant’ placement you should consult with us. In the first instance you are asked to make this request via email, once the appropriate children’s team has received this, you will be contacted by the relevant professional.

Please notify us at the above email address if a child is placed in our authority area.

Notification form and list of key services

Consultation, Notification and Services

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