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Children In Care

Useful words and phrases for you to know.

Care Plan

This is used to tell you and the people caring for you what should be done for your future care.



This means to raise concerns about how you are or have been treated.

Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council aims to improve the lives and futures of children and young people in care.

Essential Information Form

This forms tells your carer things they need to know about you like your school, health and family.

Health Assessment

You will meet with a doctor/ nurse or sometimes a school nurse for your health assessment, to discuss your health. The assessment should be about how you are feeling, the things you can do to be healthy and any problems you have or things you are worried about.

Foster Care

This means to live in a house or apartment with one or two carers who will look after you as part of their family.

Foster Carer

The person or people who look after you in a foster home.

Personal Education Plan (PEP)

All young people in care who are of the age to attend school have something called a Personal Education Plan. This plan tries to make sure you are doing well in your education.

Residential Care

This means to live in a house with other looked after young people with the support of staff.


A review is a meeting with you to discuss how you are getting on and how you feel about where you live.

Social Worker

The person whose job it is to help look after you by arranging meetings, visiting you and carrying out your care plans.

Young Person’s Advisor

A worker that supports you on the run up to leaving care and after care with things like housing, finances, education, training and employment.