How we place children into care
Some children can't continue to live at home. When this happens we take responsibility for caring for them. This could mean that they stay with foster carers for a few days, weeks, or longer. We always try to share the decision by talking with parents/carers. Sometimes parents or carers don't agree that we should care for their children. When this happens, we ask the courts to decide. Parents can attend court to make their views known, usually with the help of a solicitor.
Keeping in touch with children in care
It's important that children stay in touch with their families and friends. We encourage parents and carers to keep in contact with their children as much as possible. We try to work out a plan together with parents and carers to help children return home as quickly as possible. For a few children who can't return home, we need to find a permanent new family. This might be with relatives, foster carers or with adopters.
We provide support and help for young people who are about to leave their foster home or children's home. The main thing to remember is that you are not on your own. Your Social Worker or Personal Advisor will ensure that you are given all the support you need. They may be moving on to live on their own or to stay in supported lodgings. Our supported lodgings scheme offers accommodation with carefully selected families to young people who are 16 and over. With our help, they can develop skills to successfully live independently.