Why are children in care?
Children are in care for a number of reasons; sometimes just for a short while, or in some cases, until children reach the age of 18 and beyond.
Children may be in care because their parents have made an agreement with the Local Authority or it may be due to a court ruling which says a child is unable to live with their own family and requires looking after in care.
Being in care could mean a child lives with extended family and friends, foster carers, in a residential children's home or in secure accommodation.
The Children in Care service works in close partnership with children, young people, their carers and local authorities to ensure that children and young people’s health needs are supported whilst they remain in care and as care leavers.
Who are we?
We are a team of specialist nurses, supported by a secretary who acts as the single point of contact for our service.
Our specialist nurses are located in the North, West and South East of Hampshire.
What do we provide?
Initial Health assessment: When you are in care you will require a health assessment. The initial health assessment takes place within a month of coming into care and is undertaken by your GP.
Review health assessment: Depending upon your age, this takes place six or 12 months after your first health assessment and will be completed by a specialist nurse from the Children in Care service. The Children in Care team ensure that high quality health assessments are offered to all Children in Care.
Health advice and information for children in care
Support for children in care to attend health appointments
Information and support around a range of issues, including:
Stopping smoking, healthy eating / healthy weight, relationships, safe sex, drugs and alcohol awareness and support for leaving care including our Care Leavers app.
Do you live in care and need some support?
If you live in care and away from home, you may want to speak confidentially to someone about your worries.
The Children in Care Team can listen and help you to get further help and support.
We are friendly, approachable, non-judgemental and will keep any information confidential (providing there are no safeguarding concerns). We would always tell you before we share any information.
We can refer you to other services, with your consent, for example:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Speech and language services
Sexual health clinics
School nurse or health visiting