Children in care are often referred to as children looked after. This may mean that the child lives with a family member or family friend, in a placement with foster carers, or in a residential children’s home. A child looked after’s placement may vary depending on what is considered to be the best for the child at that time.

If you have children who are not able to stay at home, we will try to help you make arrangements with other family members. They may be able to help care for the children for a limited time. If this is not possible, or appropriate we will help to make other arrangements.

Very occasionally we have to ask the courts for authority to remove a child from their family. This could mean that a child is placed in a foster home. We will always work with families to develop the best plans for children.

You can read more about what we do for children in care at the council’s dedicated Right Side of Care website.