Advice and support for looked after children

The council aims to provide the best possible experience for children and young people in care. This includes helping them to achieve their potential educationally, physically and socially.

Our Virtual School for looked after children is responsible for working with social workers, carers and professionals to promote educational achievement and has produced an Education Support Manual.

The Looked After Children health team is responsible for promoting and monitoring the health of children in care. There is a health support pack that is available to carers from the Fostering Development Team. Each child in care has an allocated social worker responsible for their overall Care Plan.

What we do

  • promote good corporate parenting
  • raise the profile of children and young people in public care through awareness training
  • offer training, advice and guidance to social workers, schools, residential staff and foster carers on all matters related to the educational achievement and inclusion of children & young people in public care
  • monitor and report on the educational progress of all children & young people in public care
  • support social workers and schools with personal education planning
  • establish contact and visit schools in and out of the borough with a view to supporting them in effective target setting
  • attend annual reviews for children in care
  • liaise with early years providers
  • liaise with the leaving care service
  • refer on to appropriate agencies where further assessment or specialist support is required

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