Children in care and care leavers

What we'll do

We will:

  • make sure that you're registered with a GP and dentist
  • make sure that all hospital, GP and dental appointments are kept and that you're supported to attend them
  • make sure you don't miss out on things like football, dancing, swimming and going on holiday
  • help you to eat healthily, play outside, and enjoy exercise
  • help you to feel happy and good about yourself
  • recognise that relationships are really important to you
  • help you when you're doing well or if you're struggling

We know that mental health and wellbeing are one of your biggest worries. We know this is one of the most important and urgent things that we have to improve.

Staying healthy in care

When you come into care you'll have a health assessment with a doctor. Your social worker will then write a health plan for you. This will include your medical information, such as any illnesses or disabilities you have, and any medications. It will also include any dental treatments or eye tests you need, as well as record anything that's upsetting you.

We'll review your health plan regularly as part of your overall care plan. We'll discuss any changes with you at your review meeting. For children under five a nurse will visit you to update it every six months. For those over five years old it's every twelve months.

Find out what to expect at a health assessment in the video below.

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Barnsley Leisure Card

Children in care and care leavers living in Barnsley can get money off a range of sport and leisure activities.

Discounts are available on activities in Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster and Wakefield.

Find out more about the Leisure Card

Care leavers' personal health record

When you leave care you'll receive a personal health record. This contains information about your health from childhood. It includes if and when you've had immunisations and your current health needs. It also contains health information that you might need as you move to independence.

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