Children in care

Poole has a number of children and young people who are looked after by the local authority, because their families and friends are unable to care for them. This could be because of illness in the family, behavioural difficulties with the young person or because they have not been receiving basic care or protection. We also have a small number of young asylum seekers who have their own dedicated social care support worker within our Pathways team.

Our commitment

We have developed our Young People's Charter after listening to children and young people's views. This document clearly sets out our commitment as Corporate Parents. When a child becomes looked after, their needs as an individual are carefully considered. Initially they may stay with foster carers, on a short term basis before moving to a longer term foster placement, residential facility or other appropriate provision. We endeavour to minimise the number of moves a child makes when they are in care as much as possible.

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Care Plans

Every young person cared for has a care plan that ensures their needs are understood and well met. The plan is usually about creating changes in order to provide a speedy return home, or providing a stable and secure alternative if this is not possible.

Care Plan reviews

The law (1989 Children Act) states that a young person care plan must be reviewed:

At 4 weeks, 3 months and then every 6 months.

Until a court order is made or the young person is discharged from local authority care. 

The Independent reviewing officer has a duty to chair review meetings and to ensure that the care plan is appropriate for the individual needs of that child. We have Independent Reviewing Officers.

Young people’s choices

Young people have choices to make if they are looked after by us. The young person can talk to us at any time, in order to ensure that they feel that they have a say in the management and planning of their lives.

Young people may feel that they do not have enough influence in this process and they are not able to be heard properly. Because of this, children in care are able to access trained, independent advocates.

Page last updated: 16 March 2021
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