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'.
- 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.