Frequently asked questions
Below you can find a list of FAQs about London Care Services' work and our website. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for you can contact the team on London.CareServices@londoncouncils.gov.uk
Register a service
How do I apply?
To submit an application you need to meet London's criteria, complete an application form and provide mandatory supporting evidence and documentation. London's criteria requires the service/s to:
(i) Be registered with Ofsted
(ii) Be rated by Ofsted as "Outstanding" or "Good"
(iii) Be financially viable
(iv) Have the required levels of insurance cover in place to meet the terms and conditions of the LCS Model Contract 2016
(v) Offer a competitive fee to London
(vi) Be located in London and the South East of England if the service is Core (non-specialist)
(vii) Be located anywhere, if the service is Specialist and Targeted
Email the form and all mandatory documents to email@example.com
How long does it take to become registered?
We have a waiting list system and applications are processed in a chronological order. The registration process takes approximately 10 to 17 weeks.
Is there a way of speeding up the process?
No, unfortunately this is the time required to assess and process applications.
What if my application was declined and I don't agree with the decision?
If you don't agree with the decision given you can use London Councils' complaints procedure. This can be found on London Councils' website. Please click here to take you to the complaints page.
Do I have to pay to be listed on the website?
At present there is no cost to be listed on the website.
Ofsted ratings for London Model Contracted services
What happens if my Ofsted rating drops to "inadequate"?
If you are London Model Contracted and your rating drops to "inadequate" on your full inspection we will temporarily suspend you from the contract list and the resource will no longer form part of the placement search on the website.
What happens if my Ofsted rating improves from "inadequate"?
If you are London Model Contracted and your rating improves to "adequate" or above on your full inspection we will re-instate you on the contract list and your resource will form part of the placement search on the website.
Access to the secure area of the website
How can I access the secure area of the website?
The secure area of the website is solely for London Borough users, partner authorities and LCS Model Contracted service providers.
I'm a London Borough/Partner Authority staff officer, how do I request an account to access the secure area of the website?
For security reasons access to the secure area of the website is given by the "Lead Person" from your Borough/ Authority. The "Lead Person" can create accounts for their staff requiring access or he/ she will need to email us at London.CareServices@londoncouncils.gov.uk and request we set one up on their behalf.
How do I find out who my "Lead Officer" is?
Each Borough/ Authority nominates a "Lead Officer" for their authority. If you don't know who your "Lead Officer" is you can email us at London.CareServices@londoncouncils.gov.uk
Login and troubleshooting
How do I login?
Once we have received a request to set-up an account for you, you will receive an email with your login details. You login by using your email address as your "username" and the password you were provided in the email.
Can I change my password?
You can change your password once you are logged in.
I forgot my password, what do I do?
If you forgot your password please click on "Forgot your password" link located under the login box and follow the prompts.
I forgot both my username and password, what do I do?
If you forgot both your username and password you must first retrieve your username using the link "retrieve your username" located at the bottom of the "Forgot your password" box (as above) and follow the prompts.
LCS Model Contract
Does being contracted and on the website guarantee me placements?
Unfortunately being contracted and on the website does not guarantee you placements.
Can I be listed on your website if I don't want to sign the Contract?
No, the expectation is that all listed resources are signed up to the contract.
Can London still make placements with me if I'm not LCS Model Contracted?
Yes, this does not prevent London boroughs from placing with you as they are free to use both contracted and non-contracted resources.
Where in the LCS Model Contract can I find information on notice periods?
The LCS Model Contract has information on termination notice periods:
(a) LCS Model Contract Standard Terms and Conditions - Section I1 Termination of the Contract (pg. 29)
(b) LCS Model Contract Schedule 1a/1b Residential/Fostering Specification - Section H2 Notice Periods for Termination of Individual Agreement (pg. 12)
You can download the London Model Contract 2016 documents here.
Who is part of the LCS Model Contract
Please click here for a list of approved Contracts.
Are there any other consortia that I can register with?
There are other consortia you can register with:
(a) Placements North West www.placementsnorthwest.org.uk
(b) West Midlands Placements www.westmidlandsplacements.com
(c) East, South East and South West Regions
London liaises with these consortia when seeking placements in those areas.
Which boroughs are part of London Care Services?
Our current members are the 33 London boroughs and four partner authorities- Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough. That makes 37 Local Authorities.
Assistance for Local Authorities
If you are new to using the website, or you just need a refresher, please access this quick guide to some of the the more frequently used functions of the site, by clicking on the link below. Please note you will need to be logged in to access this document https://www.londoncareplacements.gov.uk/documents/view/resource-for-local-authorities--using-the-website
Assistance for Providers
If you are new to using the website, or you just need a refresher, please access this quick guide to some of the more frequently used functions of the site, by clicking on the link below. Please note you will need to be logged in to access this document.
Residential Children's Homes
Independent Fostering Agencies