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
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