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Children in care

Smiling childrenWe have around 750 children who are 'looked after' by the County Council's Children's Services, in residential or fostered accommodation. This is the term used for children and young people who are under 18 who have been provided with somewhere to live for more than 24 hours.

We always try to prevent the need for children and young people to be taken into care, while making sure they are protected. To do this, we have improved our family support services.

  • We will often work together with other government departments and private and voluntary organisations to make an assessment of a child's needs.
  • Generally, if a child or young person needs to live away from their family we will place them with foster carers. But, if this is not possible, they might stay in one of our 7 children's homes.
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are 16 or 17 when they arrive usually live in a small hostel for a few months.
  • We like to plan our admissions carefully and involve the young person in this.
  • As the young person gets older, their pocket money will increase. The person looking after them will also receive money for their care.
  • Irrespective of whether the young person is being fostered or living in one of our homes, their care plan will be reviewed for as long as they are being looked after.
  • After the review, we will update the young person's care plan with the decisions and recommendations that were made.
  • Young people who have been looked after for more than 3 months are entitled to support when they leave our care.


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