Mother and Child in Forest

Apply to Register

Join LCS and be part of an approved list of providers offering high quality services for looked after children

How do I apply?

If you are a Independent Fostering Agency or Residential Children's Home in England, you can apply to become registered as an LCS approved provider.

To register a service with LCS, you need to complete the application form and provide mandatory supporting documentation to demonstrate your eligibility to apply.

The Association of London Directors of Children's Services (ALDCS) collectively set the criteria for registration, which is explained in more detail below.

ALDCS approved criteria for registration:

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Ofsted Registered

  • Ofsted Certificate of Registration
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Financial viability

  • Full financial accounts for 2 previous years
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Ofsted rated Outstanding , Good or Requires Improvement

  • Published report of most recent full Ofsted Inspection
  • Services rated "Requires Improvement to be Good" with an interim inspection showing "Declined in effectiveness" do not meet the criteria
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Protection from financial loss (insurance cover)

  • Evidence of minimum levels of Insurance, as per LCS Model Contract

A competitive and affordable price that supports best value duty and social value

  • Offers a comparable price to other services already LCS registered
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Complete the application form today and showcase your services through LCS portal, or request a temporary access pass to a demo environment of the live portal and learn more about how LCS can elevate your referral potential