Children Looked After

Sometimes, it is better for a child or young person to be looked after by people outside their immediate family. That is defined as being ‘in care’.

When the agreed plan is for this arrangement to be longer term, a social worker from the Children Looked After team will become involved. They will work with the child, family and others to make sure that being in care is as positive an experience as possible.

A young person who has been in care and reaches the age of 18 years old should still be able to receive help if it’s needed. The Care lLavers team will provide a worker to ensure assistance is offered in these circumstances.

While a child or young person is living with a foster family and in our care, we will also work with them and their teachers at school, to help them get the best out of their education. This is done by the Virtual School and you can read more about what they do – and all the other questions young people may have about being in care – here.

You can contact the Children Looked After team on 0118 937 3641 Option 4.


Fostering offers children and young people a safe and caring home when they are unable to live with their birth family.

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Care leavers

If your child or the child in your care has been in care for 13 weeks, without a break, and are in care on or after their 16th birthday, they have the right to various services. Find out more about the support we offer them.

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We’ve also produced some guides for children aged 3-7 years old, children aged 8-11 years old and young people (12-15 years old) who have come into care. Click on the images below to read these.