Services for looked after children and care leavers

There are certain times when some children cannot live with their families, in these circumstances, children will usually be cared for by the council. This is called being 'looked after'.

Service aims:-

  • ensure looked after children reach their full potential in all aspects of their life
  • gain maximum life chance benefits from educational opportunities, health care and social care
  • ensure looked after children are safeguarded
  • ensure that looked after children receive quality services that meet their needs
  • promote and achieve permanent placement options taking account of what is in their best interest
  • involve planning for permanency and preparing children for the transition to permanent placements
  • prepare cases for court - adoption hearings.

When a child comes into care the council become the Corporate Parent for that child. In Hounslow there are three main teams working with children and young people in care.