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In hospital for more than 90 days

This resource explains what happens if your child has been in hospital for more than 90 consecutive days.

The Children Act 1989 and 2004 makes it a legal duty for all staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital to protect and promote the welfare of all children and young people to make sure they grow up happy and healthy.

Section 85 of the Children Act

Under section 85 of the Children Act 1989 and 2004, hospitals have a legal requirement to inform the local authority (Children Social Care) when a child has been in hospital for more than or likely to exceed 90 days. As this is a legal obligation, we do not require your consent to share this information.

It places a duty on local authorities to check the safety and welfare of your child and offer help and support if you need it now and in readiness for their discharge from hospital.

It provides a ‘safety net’ for vulnerable children who have been living away from home, and have been accommodated in the hospital for a long period.

It is aimed at making sure the safety and support needs of disabled children and the impact being in hospital, for an extended period, has on them and their families.

What will be shared?

The hospital let the local authority (Children Social Care) know about all children under 18 who have been an in-patient for 90 days or more. Information we will share includes:

  • Child’s full name, date of birth and address
  • Date of and reason for admission
  • Child’s parent or carers name and contact details
  • Child’s GP

The nurse looking after your child will let you know when this information has been shared.

What happens next?

A children’s social worker will contact you to discuss your child’s needs and how they can help. They may offer to meet with you and complete an assessment. If you need this, a report will be written and shared with you by the social worker which should include a plan for when your child is ready to leave hospital.

Who do I need to speak to if I need further information?

Please speak to the nurse looking after your child who will contact the Matron in charge of your child’s care if you wish to discuss this further.

Looking after and sharing information about your child

We have updated our privacy Notices in line with data protection legislation (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Data Protection Act 2018). For more information about how we use your personal data please visit this resource.

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To change an appointment: 0114 305 3691

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For non-urgent medical advice call NHS 111

In an emergency call 999

Sheffield Children’s Hospital main reception is open every day 7am till 8pm excluding bank holidays. Outside of these times please use the Emergency Department entrance on Western Bank.

The Emergency Department is open 24/7 every day of the year.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: GEN12

Resource Type: Article

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