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Children 'in care' or 'looked after'

Children can be 'in care' or 'looked after' by people other than their parents for a number of reasons including where:

  • an informal temporary short-term arrangement by a parent with family or friends

  • a temporary arrangement by a parent with extended family or friends for longer than 4 weeks - known as 'private fostering'

  • an arrangement to give the child and their family a break e.g. where a child has intensive needs such as a disability

  • a child has been placed in specialist accommodation because they are appearing in court for criminal offences

  • they have been removed from their family by the Police or Local Authority because they need to be kept safe

  • a child has been formally placed with wider family of friends to live permanently because a parent is unable to look after them

Sheffield resources:

National resources:

SCSP Learning Briefs: 

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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