Children are in care for a number of reasons, sometimes just for a short while, or in some cases, until they reach the age of 18 and beyond.
We are a team of Specialist Nurses who work in close partnership with Children, young people, their carers, Local Authorities and a multitude of health services providers to ensure that children and young people’s health needs are supported and met where possible whilst they remain in care.
Initial health assessment: When you are in care you will require a health assessment. The Initial health assessment takes place soon after coming into care.
Review health assessment: this will be carried out 6 monthly if you are under 5 years and 12 monthly if you are over the age of 5 years.
Your Specialist Nurse will ensure that a high quality health assessment is offered to children looked after and can offer information and support around a range of issues such as; stopping smoking, healthy eating/healthy weight, relationships, safe sex, drugs and alcohol awareness.
We can refer you onto other services, with your consent for example;
If you live in care and away from home, you may want to speak confidentially to someone about your worries. The Looked after Children’s Health team can listen and help you to get further help and support.
We are friendly, approachable and non-judgmental, we will keep any information confidential (providing you are not at risk of harm to yourself or others). We would always tell you when we share information.