Looked After Children

 

Looked After Children Teams

Social Workers in the Looked After Children Team’s work with children and young people up to their 18th birthday who become looked after when their birth parents are unable to provide ongoing care in either a temporary or permanent capacity.

Some children will be looked after when a parent agrees for the Local Authority to provide accommodation for their child, usually on a short term basis to assist a family crisis. However, for many of our children, the court will have made the decision that the child can no longer live with their own family and that they will be looked after on a long term basis.

Most of our children live with Foster Carers and Kinship carers however a small number live in children’s homes and some stay with their parents. Some of our older young people may live in supported accommodation. The role of a Looked After Children Social worker involves working closely with the child and relevant others including parents, carers and health and education professionals, to make sure that a child or young person has a clear care plan that is informed by the voice of the child. The aim is to ensure that the child receives appropriate support and services including care, education and health. Social Workers within this service area enjoy the opportunity of building strong long term relationships with children and young people through direct work. Their work helps children to understand their past, manage the present and build a future as a happy and healthy adult.

The Looked After Children Team Service is located in central Walsall in Townend House. There are five Looked After Children’s teams, each with between 5 and 6 social workers. Each Team has a nominated Team manager and a senior practitioner. There is a strong emphasis on supporting our social workers in their day to day practice, in their career and professional development and we have a well embedded programme for supporting recently qualified social workers.

Guide for Care Leavers 2017/18

page updated 25.05.2017

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