Looked-after children's services

Looked-after children’s services ensure that all those involved in the care of looked after children are aware of and address relevant health issues.

Teams provide the following services:

  • Providing regular, statutory health assessments and immunisation updates for all children in care
  • Providing advice and information to foster carers concerning child development, emotional and behavioural difficulties, nutrition and common health problems
  • Training colleagues working with looked-after children, their families and carers; training social workers, foster carers and staff/children in residential establishments
  • Providing liaison and advice to hospital trusts, independent contractors and other agencies such as social services, education, police and voluntary services
  • Working to address teenage pregnancy and the sexual health of young people; providing sexual health outreach services
  • Working with partner agencies to address emotional health issues such as self-harm
  • Working with looked-after children teams in other areas to ensure that statutory health assessments for looked-after children are undertaken in a timely manner
  • Working directly with young people to actively involve them in the development of services for looked-after children, such as meetings with the Children in Care Council
  • Providing advice and support to the Adoption and Fostering Panel
  • Reviewing the health needs of care leavers

Eligibility and referral criteria

Eligibility criteria and referrals vary according to location. For details, choose a service from the list below the map.

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