If children are unable to live with their own families we have a duty under the Children Act 1989 to look after and provide accommodation for them.
Every child who is 'looked after' has a social worker who assesses the situation and creates a plan of care, setting out:
- why the child is being looked after
- how long they will be looked after
- who needs to take action
- what needs to be done to make sure that the plan is carried out effectively
Looked after children usually live with foster carers or in a children's home. In our area, there are many 'approved foster placements' which can be matched to the needs of individual children of all ages. York has one children's home looking after up to 6 young people aged 13 and over.
Support for disabled children and their families
We also provide a range of services for children who have physical and learning disabilities or complex health needs. Our specialist social workers can assess their needs so that care and support packages can be agreed. Contact the Referral Co-ordinator for Disabled Children for further information.