There are many reasons why a child may become looked after. Some will have had harmful experiences, including physical and sexual abuse, while others may be in care because of the illness or death of a parent.
The majority of young people in care come from families who experience difficulties. They are separated from their family because it is unable to provide the care needed. Vulnerable unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK will also become looked after if they are assessed as being under 18 and have no family members here who can look after them. A small percentage of children and young people are in care because of offences they have committed.
Looked after children are usually cared for by foster carers. Some children live in children's homes and a few live in specialist homes. Sometimes extended family members will look after a child, which is often a preferable arrangement so they are not then placed with strangers.
Our Children in Care Team provide social work services to children up to the age of 18 who are looked after by the Isle of Wight Children’s Services. The service you will receive includes regular social worker visits, assessments of needs, placement reviews in line with government guidance, mental and physical health and education support.
The Children in Care Team will hold all Children Looked After from the 2nd Review (4 month) until 18 years old if a plan of permanence is agreed.
Care Leavers will transfer to the Leaving Care Team at the age of 18 years following a period of joint working with a Personal Advisor from the Leaving Care Team.