New into care

If you are new into care this should provide you with all the information you need to understand what is going on, where to get help and what your rights are.

Who's who

Jargon

Types of care

Rights and Entitlements

Pledge 

 

Who's who

Independent Reviewing Officer (IROs)

Who is your IRO and what do they do?

IROs are the people who chair reviews for children in children's homes, residential homes or foster care. They are there to make sure your reviews run properly; that your views are listened to; people do what they have agreed to do and that your best interests are protected.

When you come into care you will have a care plan which says how the Local Authority is going to care for you. The IRO makes sure the care plan is right for you and that things in your care plan are being done. This is why it is important you tell your IRO if you are not happy about something.

If you don't know who your reviewing officer is you can contact your social worker or call 01908 254300 and they will be able to help you.

Social Workers

Social workers support people, act as advocates and direct people to the services they may need. In most cases social workers will work with your siblings too if they are also in care.

Foster Care Social Workers

Foster Care Social Workers are social workers for foster carers. These social workers will make sure you are ok but their main job is to make sure that the foster carers are doing their job and have everything they need. If a foster carer has any problems, worries or questions they can ask their social worker the same as you can ask yours.

Corporate Parenting Panel

The purpose of the Corporate Parenting Panel (CPP) is to act as parent to all the children and young people who are in the care of Milton Keynes Council and to ensure that the Council’s pledge to children in care is delivered. CPP will raise awareness of the needs of children in care across the Council and its partners.

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Jargon

You might hear a lot of different words you are not sure about some of the main ones are in this KICJargonbuster (DOCX, 18KB). If there are other words used that you don't understand you can always ask your Social Worker of Independent Reviewing Officer. 

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Types of care

There are many different types of care. Some children that are in care will live at home, some will live with other family members or friends, some may live with a foster family and some may live in residential care. Your social worker and sometimes a guardian will speak with you to decide where is best for you to live.

People come into care for different reasons. When a person is told by court to come into care the court will say under which part of the law they are to come into care under. Different parts of the law (sections) mean/say different things about who is responsible for you and what it means for your future.

Section 47

A section 47 enquiry means that Children's Services must carry out an investigation when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child living in their area has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm.

Section 20

Section 20 is based on co-operative working between the Local Authority, the young person and his or her parents. This is because the court is not forcing the child or young person to be looked after.

Under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, children and young people can be ‘accommodated’ with the consent of those with parental responsibility.

Section 17

Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 is not intended to be a route into the looked after system and therefore if you are in accommodation under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 you will not be a 'looked after child.

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Rights and Entitlements

As a looked after child you have rights and entitlements you can find out more information by clicking here.

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Pledge

The pledge is a promise to CIC which applies to any CYP looked after by Milton Keynes Council

PledgetoCIC (PDF, 106KB)

or

Pledge to CIC teen (PDF, 96KB)

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Last Updated: 13 March 2019