A guide for young people in care in Gloucestershire
There are many reasons why you may be cared for or in care. It could be because your parents are unable to look after you due to illness or family problems. You may be in care because the courts decide that your home is not a safe place for you to live or because you may be placing yourself or others in danger.
Lots of children do not really understand why they are cared for. You may not have had this explained to you or perhaps it was explained at a time when you were stressed or worried and could not take it all in.
So, you can ask your Social Worker or Carer to explain it to you. They can also help you plan what to say if you feel embarrassed about telling your friends. At school your teacher may also be able to help you plan what to say.
A Social Worker is your main contact during the time that you’re cared for. A Social Worker is trained to help young people and their families and provide help and guidance. A Social Worker is there to protect you and listen to you.
You should get to know your Social Worker quite well over the time that they are with you. When you come into care your Social Worker will come and meet you, after you have moved into your new home. They should then come and see you regularly (at least every six weeks) and check that everything is going okay. Your Social Worker will also be in touch with
your family to make sure that they are alright and that everyone understands and is clear about why you are in care.
Your Social Worker is responsible for making sure that you are looked after properly and that there are clear plans put in place for you. They (along with other workers) should be able to help you sort out any difficulties that you are having. Your Social Worker will write a plan of what is going to happen during your time in care and this is called a ‘Care Plan’.
There will be other things on there too. You should always have a copy of your Care Plan and you should have a chance to say whether you agree with it or not.
Once the plan has been agreed it is your Social Worker’s job to make sure that you get all the things that are agreed on it. There will be a review of the Care Plan every six months (depending on your situation) and this is a chance to change the plan.
Guides for being in care
Gloucestershire's Participation Team, alongside Children in Care, have put together these guides for you to tell you more about being in care and where to go if you need help. These should have been given to you when you first came into care, if you would like a hard copy, ask your social worker. but you can download them by clicking on the image below.
The Pledge is a list of promises that we are making to all children and young people in care in Gloucestershire. It also tells the adults who work with children in care what they should be doing to support you. This links to the 'aspirations for children in care and care leavers' - the council's plan for you.