is someone who speaks up for you on your behalf. Your advocate can
support you to ensure your views and feelings are heard when decisions
are being made about your life. They can also help with talking to professionals if you feel shy or are unsure about what you want to say.
The Care Leavers’ Charter
was drawn up by the Department for Education in October 2012. It sets
out a list of promises for central and local government to make to young
people moving out of care and into adulthood. It is agreed each year by
A care order is granted by a court and makes the local authority
the 'corporate parent' of a child or young person. This means we take
the responsibility of looking after you on a day to day basis. A care
order will normally last until you are 18.
A care plan
describes how we will look after you and what needs to be done to help
you grow up happy, healthy and safe. You will be involved in making this
This a meeting between the people who look after your care and your family to plan how best to look after your safety.
The children in care forum
is a chance for you to have a say about things that really matter and
affect your life. Whether you live with a foster carer, in a children’s
home or have recently left care, your ideas can make a big difference
This is a place where several children can stay. Rather than one
family, a different team of people, known as residential social workers,
will look after you. There is always someone on duty to make sure you
are safe and happy.
is for you to understand what care is about - it gives you important
information you need about your life situation. It tells you what you
need to know and will help you to organise things that your carers need
to know too.
This is when you are not able to live with your parents and instead go to live with a relative or family friend.
When you come into care, in most cases a court will make a care
order. When this happens, the county council become your corporate
parent and has a legal responsibility for your needs and safety.
This is one category of care leaver; a 16 or 17 year old who is still in care and who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.
This is one category of care leaver;
young people between 18 and 21 who have been eligible or relevant
children or both. If, at the age of 21, you are still being helped by
the local authority, you will remain a former relevant child up to the
age of 25. The programme of education or training will be set out in the
Foster carers are people who have been trained to look after you in their homes, like you are member of the family.
This is an initial plan which will be completed by your doctor, along with your carers. It will say what needs to happen to keep you healthy.
The job of an IRO is to check on your care plan to make sure it is
meeting your needs and that you are safe and well looked after. They
will make sure that your views are listened to.
An independent visitor
is a volunteer who will spend time with just you on regular basis. They
are someone that you can talk to, get along with and ask for advice.
Under an interim care order, we will take temporary responsibility for
looking after you and housing you, until a court decides what is best
The key worker is a member of staff at a children's home who will help
you settle in, with any problems and answer any questions you have.
The Kic.in2.study programme is managed by the council's virtual school team. It offers study support activities for young people in care in National Curriculum years 5 to 11.
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When you come into the care of the local authority, you become a Looked
After Child (LAC). This means we have a responsibility for looking after
your health, education and wellbeing.
A LAC review is a meeting between you and your social
worker to make sure that everything is progressing well with your care
plan. It will identify what needs to be done, by whom and when.
The participation service
offers advice and activities for children and young people aged between
8 and 24. It also allows you to get involved with children’s rights.
A pathway plan will help you deal with your future when you leave care in much more detail. Your plan will be your own and it will be flexible to suit your needs.
A personal advisor
is there for you from the age of 16 to provide support and improve your
opportunities in life when you become an adult and leave care.
You complete a PEP
with your school and social worker to help plan your education. One of
your teachers will be responsible for making sure that what is in the
This is a type of care leaver;
young people who in care after the age of 16, but are not eligible
because of 13 week criteria. You must be under 21 (or under 25 if you
are in further education or training). You may also be a Qualifying
Young Person if you are 16-21 and under a Special Guardianship Order.
This is a type of care leaver; 16
or 17 year olds who have been looked after for at least 13 weeks since
the age of 14, and who have been looked after at some time after their
16th birthday and who have now left care. This includes young people who
have been detained through the youth justice system or hospitalised
after their 16th birthday.
A section 20 is when we take temporary care of a child or young person and where they live. This can only be done with the agreement of whoever has parental responsibility for you
This is when the local authority is granted a full responsibility for you.
This is when we carry out an investigation if we believe a child or young person has suffered harm, or is likely to suffer harm.
The Shadow Board is an opportunity for young people in Northamptonshire to have a say in the services they receive.
Shooting Stars are a group of disabled young people who help represent other young people with additional needs in Northamptonshire.
Your social worker will be your main contact with us while you are in
care. They are trained to help you during your time in care. They will
spend time with you, listen to you and make sure that you are happy
during your time in care. It is their job to make sure that you are
healthy, are going to the right school and are being supported to do the
best you can.
A special guardian is a carer who will look after you if you cannot live
with your birth parents. This may be a relative or someone who has
looked after you.
This helps to find if you have any other needs that you might need help
with while you are in care. Some of this will be included in your health
When you come into care, the UASC team will look after you, make sure
you have somewhere to live and will give you access to a social worker.
you have been found guilty or admitted to a criminal offence (crime),
you will have a Youth Offending Service (YOS) Worker. They will work
with you to help you change your behaviour and make sure you are
completing any punishment
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