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Looked after children

Looked after children

It is not always possible for parents to meet the needs of a child and we sometimes have to arrange for children and young people to live away from home. This may be for short breaks or for longer periods of time.

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To help us decide what is appropriate we will carry out an assessment, which will include your views and those of your child if they are able to understand.

A child may become looked after as a result of:

  • A voluntary arrangement between the parents and the local authority, known as being 'accommodated'
  • Coming into police protection
  • Being subject to a court order, such as an Emergency Protection Order, a Care Order or being remanded in criminal proceedings

Children can be looked after by:

  • Living with friends or relatives (kinship care), with our agreement
  • Living with foster carers
  • Living in a children's home
  • Living in a boarding school (though not all children in boarding school are looked after by us)
  • Living at home while on care orders made by the courts.

Short breaks

We sometimes provide children with a series of short breaks away from their homes (also known as respite). This does not mean your child is looked after unless these breaks add up to more than 120 days in any year.

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