Isle of Wight Care Leavers

Support with Health, Wellbeing & Relationships

Looking after your physical health and mental wellbeing is extremely important as you get older. The Leaving Care Team and your PA will arrange advice and support for you to encourage you to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Our health and wellbeing offer to you includes:
 

  • Support to access adult social services.
  • Support to register with a GP or dentist.
  • Provide information on healthy living. 
  • Support to have an eye test.
  • If you want someone to talk to your PA can refer you to counselling.
  • If you are a young parent, being referred to a local family centre for help.
  • Give information on getting help to pay for prescriptions.
  • Support you to move from CAMHS to adult services.
  • Give you help with transport costs when attending health appointments.
  • If you are a young parent, take an interest in your children and support you to do the best for them. We will help you arrange childcare, if this is what you want. 
  • Access to the leisure centres run by One Leisure.
  • Give you information about health drop-in centres.
  • Work with you to make a ‘health passport’ containing key information from your childhood (for example, when and if you have had immunisations) and your current health needs.
  • Health APP to enable you to have a record of all your immunisations, health history and future appointments.

 

Children in Care and Care Leavers Nurse Team

This Service delivers direct clinical contact, advice and support to Children in Care/Care Leavers, their Carers and Social Workers to address health issues unique to this group of Children and Young People. The team is part of the Children's Safeguarding Team and Community Paediatric services.

The team consists of:

Specialist Children in Care & Care Leavers Nurse - Kim Cook

Children in Care Nurse - Sarah Kearns

Team Administrator - Kate Armstrong

Health Promotion is provided at health assessments and on contact with carers or children and young people - information such as Healthy Eating, Dental Care, Alcohol, Substance Misuse, Sexual Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Smoking Cessation, Safe Relationships and Emotional Wellbeing is available.

Children in Care and Care Leavers Clinic

Come and see the Nurse team for any health advice or issues.

Drop In : 1st Friday of every month, Lower Maternity Unit, St Marys Hospital.

Clinics are now also being offered within schools; please contact the team for further information.

Contact Us:

Telephone 01983 524081 and ask for the Children in Care Team

https://www.facebook.com/IOWCIC

Mobile: Kim: 07747485425

Sarah:07827086771

Email: IOW.childrenincare@nhs.net

Facebook: Isle of Wight CIC & CL Healthcare

Children's Safeguarding Office, St Marys Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG

 

Relationships  

If you have entered care, it is likely that you have experienced some level of loss during your early childhood, and possibly trauma and/or abuse. It may be that you are only starting to come to terms with this as you enter adulthood, or that you realise this still affects you today. In addition to this, your own experiences may well impact on your adult relationships, both with professionals, friends, and intimate partners. You may fear if you are about to become a parent that your child will have similar experiences and be taken into care, and this can be a very scary time for you. You make also want to ‘get it right’ to make sure your history is not repeated in your own relationships. This may place you under and immense amount of pressure, as you begin taking responsibility for your actions as an adult. 
 
The Isle of Wight can offer you a safe, trustworthy PA to talk to. The PA will support and advise you as you transition into adulthood. If other needs are identified, your PA will support you to access appropriate support. 
 
If you are a young parent and you wish to access support with parenting, you can speak to your health visitor (if your child is under 5 years old). If you have more than one need, you can access parenting courses and other support via local family centres, which may benefit you socially too. If you require additional help or support then you can you ask a professional (health visitor, GP, nursery or school teacher) to refer you to the Early Help Team. You can also self-refer to this service by calling the Hampshire MASH Team on 0300 300 0117. Anyone, not just care leavers, accesses these services, so you are not alone in needing support with parenting. 
 
As well as support from a PA, we may be able to offer you additional practical and emotional support, such as:

 
  • Providing you with an advocate if you need one.
  • Where appropriate, continuing to support contact with the ‘Independent Visitor’ you had while you were in care.
  • Help to maintain or regain contact with people special to you or who cared for you in the past, like former foster carers or social workers.
  • Life skills workshops that focus on practical skills and managing relationships.
  • Come Dine With Us cook and eat group.

 

Additional support services

For links to the Department for Working Pensions benefits calculator and the Children's Commissioners website, please see the links tab.