Children in care and care leavers

We promise:

  • to do our best to provide you with a high quality foster placement or residential home which is in or very close to Barnsley, unless there's a good welfare reason for not doing so.

  • to do all we can to place you with any brothers and sisters who are also coming into care at the same time, unless there's a good welfare reason for not doing so.

  • to make sure that wherever you're living, your carers are supported to understand and meet your needs and help you feel safe.

  • to ask for and listen to your views about the type of placement you'll have.

  • to provide you with the information about your placement and an introduction to your carers before you move in, unless you have to move in an emergency.

  • to do all we can to place you as quickly as possible after coming into care, in a placement that can and will last until you leave care.

Where you'll live

If you live in Barnsley and you come into care, we'll do our best to find you a placement in Barnsley. This means you'll continue to live in the place you're familiar with and go to the school you already go to.

Most Barnsley children are placed with Barnsley foster carers. We only place children outside Barnsley in exceptional circumstances.

Your care plans

When you first come into our care we'll make a care plan and a placement plan for you. We have to do this within 10 days of you coming into care. You'll be involved in writing your care plan and so will your parents and your social worker.

Once you're happy with the plans, we'll ask you to sign them.

Your placement plan

Your placement plan is an agreement between you, your carers, your social worker and usually your parents. It covers things like where you'll go to school, how you'll get there, where and how you'll be able to meet with family and friends, as well as other details about your day-to-day living arrangements.

Your placement plan is part of your overall care plan, which details all the arrangements to be made for looking after you while you are in our care. Both your placement plan and care plan are regularly reviewed as circumstances change, and you'll be involved in planning for and making any changes.