West Berkshire Council

Children in Care Team

As a Looked After Children Service our contribution to the vision of West Berkshire is to provide our Looked After Children and young people with the right placement, in the right place, at the right time.

The Children in Care team work with children who are subject to a Court Order with a plan for long term care.

The Children In Care team are responsible for services to all children and young people below the age of 16, who are placed in residential or foster care or with relatives and friends who are approved as long term carers.

We work hard to ensure our children and young people grow into confident, connected and content adults.

What do we do?

All looked after children and young people will have an allocated social worker. The social worker has responsibilities and duties to visit children, young people and their placement regularly to ensure that their needs are met and they are thriving in our care.

All children and and young people in care will have a Care Plan that describes how their needs are being met and identify plans for contact with birth family and friends. These plans are reviewed regularly by an Independant Reviewing Officer to ensure that their education and health and wellbeing is being promoted.

Our service include:

- promoting permanence for children and young people so they have a safe and stable place to live

- providing health assessments and education plans that identify individual needs

- promoting meaningful contact with family members and friends who are important to the child or young person when it is safe to do so.

- direct work with children and young people to help them understand why they are looked after, including life story work, advice, assistance and befriending

All looked after children and young people have a right to an advocate or an independant visitor to help them share their views and feel heard.

All looked after children and young people can access the Children in Care website that gives  information to help them understand what it means to be looked after.

West Berkshire's Children in Care Council (CiCC) exists to provide Looked After Children and Care Leavers with the voice they need to be heard.