Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

Being in Care

 

The following pages include information about what it means to be a child and young person in care as well as information on education, health and the Children in Care Council.

When you are in care you will have an allocated social worker, you should have their name and how to contact them. It is really important that you understand what is happening and so if you have any questions then ask your social worker, you may want to write them down ready for when you see them next.

Your social worker must visit you on a regular basis, during the visit the worker should ask you about your wishes and feelings and discuss with you the plans for the future, which may also be called a care plan. A care plan is about you and will include all the important things in your life, for example education, health, family contact and where you live.

 The Who Cares Trust has some really useful information about being in care and leaving care.

When you come into care you are entitled to have an advocate who is an independent person. An advocate is there to help you make sure your voice is heard or can support you during meetings or if you are not happy with any decisions which are being made. To contact an advocate speak to your social or contact the Advocacy Service on 0300 300 8787 or email advocacy@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

 

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