Children in care and care leavers

We promise

  • to help you to keep in touch with your family and friends if it's in your best interests. If it's not possible, we'll explain the reasons why.

  • to provide you with a life story book and help you keep it up-to-date.

  • to make sure we understand your needs to do with disability, culture, religion, gender or sexuality.

  • To provide extra services if they can help you.

  • To support and encourage you to take up and develop your own interests, hobbies, activities, sports and talents - in and out of school.

  • To support and encourage you to get involved in your community through volunteering work and helping others if you want to.

Seeing your family and friends

When you come into care, you don't need to worry about not being able to stay in touch with family and friends. We'll encourage you to keep in regular contact with them if it’s safe for you to do so.

Where, and how often, you see them will depend on your circumstances, especially if we're worried about your safety. We'll review your contact with family regularly as part of your care plan.

You can keep in touch by phone, letter or visits. Providing you're safe, you can even stay overnight if it's OK with your parents, foster carers, and your social workers.

If you don't want to see them, or you're not happy with the arrangements that have been made, tell your social worker or someone in the Children's Rights team. If possible we'll look at whether we can change what's been agreed. We'll never make you see or visit anyone you don't want to.

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Your life story book

When you’re in care you’ll probably have lots of questions about your family; why you came into care and what’s happened while you’ve been in care. Your social worker, carer and family support worker will try to collect information and photographs from your birth family to make a life story book for you. We'll help you keep this up-to-date. It'll include stuff about your parents’ childhood, other family members, your family tree, special occasions, and contact sessions. 

Your foster carer will also make a book about your time living with them. It might include things about them and about school, day trips, holidays, and parties.