Looked after and previously looked after children

Looked after children (also known as children in care) and previously looked after children have the highest priority for places

Looked after children are those who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Previously looked after children are those who immediately after being in care (as defined above) became subject to an adoption order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

Applications for looked after children must be completed by the designated social worker.

If you are making an application for a previously looked after child, you should indicate this on your application and submit one of the following pieces of evidence:

Evidence must be sent to the Admissions Team by the application deadline. Send the whole document as priority cannot be given without it. We may contact the local authority where the child was in care to confirm the child's status.