Children in care can live in their own home, in a foster placement with a foster carer, in a foster placement with a family member or relative or in a local authority home.
Why children become looked after
A child can become looked after by their local authority for many different reasons. Some children just need some time away from home or they might be awaiting adoption. Some will have experienced neglect, trauma, abuse or pain. Some have parents with poor mental health, a history of substance misuse or domestic abuse. Some may have suffered non-accidental injuries. Visit the Hampshire Virtual School for Children in Care for further information, including Personal Education Plan guidance and forms.
Children in Care policy
Childcare providers should have a policy for supporting children in care. They need to clearly identify a designated person responsible for children in care within the setting. This could be incorporated into Lead Practitioner Safeguarding (LPS) role.
Funding for Children in Care
Providers are able to access Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for Children in Care and should discuss the best use of this with the Virtual School who can be contacted through the VS inbox at email@example.com. The VS Moodle shares further information you may find useful.
In certain circumstances foster carers will be able to access 30 hours funded childcare for the children in their care.