Being in Care
There are many different reasons for being in care, and for some
people, being 'looked after' might be a very positive experience.
For others, there may be difficulties that arise from being away
from their usual family situation.
You may find living with others is ok, or you may find that some
things really bug you. There should be a key worker or social
worker to talk over your feelings with.
The Children's Service has a duty to look after all your needs
and regular review meetings will be arranged. Try to go to these,
as you will have a chance to say what you think about your
situation and make sure your views are heard when things are being
Whilst you are in care, you should have a care plan and later on
a pathway plan.
You should be told the reasons that you live in care, if not you
can ask for this information from your key worker, social worker or
at the review.
If you are living in care and need support you can contact your
social worker, keyworker or ring
The Duty Officer - Children's Service Tel: (01534)
Childline offers a free 24 hour helpline for any child
in danger or distress 0800 1111
Alternatively, contact us at YES for support or for help
making contact with the right people.
If you leave care (or left after 1st October 2001), and have
been in care for more than 13 weeks since your 14th birthday, and
at some time when you were 16 or 17 years old, you should have
assistance from Social Services to enable you to live
You should also have a pathway plan to make sure you get help
with the things you need and to plan for your future. Until you are
18, you will be unable to claim benefits (unless you are a parent
or have a disability), and Social Services will be responsible for
meeting your financial