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Being in care

Entering the care system

We know that entering the care system can be a difficult and confusing time for young people. Every child or young person who enters the care system is unique and has different needs.

The care system is there to ensure that young people who can’t live with their parents are well looked after and supported, enabling them to be safe and happy.

Young people enter care for a number of reasons including:

• Their parents are unable to care for them due to illness or family problems.
• The court do not believe that the family home is the right environment for the young person.
• They may be placing themselves or others at risk. 

When entering care, young people will meet a range of new people including professionals and those who they may be living with. These people are there to ensure that young people have the safety, security, and opportunities they may not otherwise have had. They are also there for young people to talk to and to make sure young people fully understand the reasons they are in care and their future plans.


Types of care placements

There are several types of placement that children and young people might experience while under the care of a local authority. It is really important that children and young people’s views are considered when thinking about the type of placement they live in, including who they live with and where they live.

The different types of placements young people may live in include:

Being in care

When you are in care there are a lot of different people to meet and different meetings that you will be involved in. Some of the key people and meetings are outlined below: