A guide to being looked after
We put this guide together to help you and others like you who have just come into care. It will tell you what it’s like to be in care, what to expect and how to cope with the good and the bad.
We know you’re feeling scared and you feel like you’re the only one in the world that this has happened to. You probably feel really lonely and as if there’s no one who understands or who you can talk to.
But don’t worry, you’re not alone, there are lots of people who are in your shoes.
We understand why you might be feeling scared. There are people who will help you and who will listen. We’ve tried to cover everything in this guide that we thought you would want to know. We hope it helps. If there is anything not included here, please speak to your carer or social worker. We are here to listen to you.
You’re probably asking why this has happened to you and when you can go home.
There are lots of reason why you might be in care. Often it’s because your family are not able to care for you at the moment or that things are difficult at home. Your social worker will be able to tell you more.
While you are in care the person looking after you will be able to make sure you are safe and looked after.
Your social worker will look at what’s happening at home and try to help make things better so you can return home as quickly as possible. Sometimes this may happen quite fast, while for others it may take longer. Some young people will stay in care until they are old enough to live on their own.
You will find out what is planned for you during your looked after review. If you have any questions, ask your social worker – they are there to help you.
If you feel worried and need to talk you can always speak to your social worker or the Participation Team.
There are lots of other young people in care that you can talk to and who can be your friend – they are going through the same thing as you
The Sandwell Virtual School (LACE) has high aspirations for looked after children and ensure that children and young people are given every opportunity to access the best education, giving them the chance to achieve their potential.
The Youth Justice Team is a group of professionals from Children and Young People, Health, Police and Probation services working with young people who are at risk of offending or who offend.
The Office of the Children's Commissioner for England is a non-departmental public body in England responsible for promoting and protecting the rights of children as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as other human rights legislation.