The Health and Social Care Trust has a duty to place children near their home, where it is possible to do so, in order for them to have regular contact with their parents.
Will a child need to change School if they are placed in Trust accommodation?
A child’s social worker will try to make sure that they can stay in the same school. This is not always possible and they child may sometimes be required to move school, for example if they are placed too far away.
Will a child be placed with their siblings?
If all siblings are subject of a Care Order, the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust is responsible for keeping them together as long as it is possible to do so.
What is suitable accommodation?
Suitable accommodation means that the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust have a duty to provide accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds who become homeless, taking into account their needs. Once a young person has been accommodated for 24 hours, they become a Looked After Child (LAC).
What is Kinship Foster Care?
Kinship Foster Care is when the Health and Social Care Trust places a child with someone they already know. This usually means family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers or sisters.