Looked after children and young people

A guide for looked after children and young people


On this page you will find links to download leaflets that are designed as a guide for looked after children and young people. The information on these pages cover many topics from your rights in care, to what happens when you leave care.

The pledge

Southend Children's Partnership have made a Pledge to Looked after Children. This is our promise to looked after children which we have made after talking to the Southend Looked after Children's Council is now the Young Experts Group Southend (YEGS), Voice4all, and on the requirement in Care Matters to set out in the form of a Pledge the services and support children in care should expect to receive.

Our promise to you

  • we will spend time with you and listen to you
  • we will involve you in decisions about your life
  • we want you to be involved and make your voice heard
  • we want you to be fit and healthy
  • we want you to feel safe
  • we want you to get the most out of life

You can email a request for a full copy of our Southend Pledge to Looked After Children.

Abuse by a carer

If you experience abuse from your foster carers, the staff or other residents in a children's home, or a family member with whom you are living, you should speak immediately to an adult you trust, such as a teacher or your social worker.

If you cannot do this for any reason, you should contact Childline.

What you say to them will be totally confidential and you do not need to give your name.

Childline: 0800 1111 (All calls to Childline are free)

If you would like to download one of the following leaflets, please visit the Southend Safeguarding Partnership website:

  • Care Plans and Reviews
  • Changing your name
  • Contact with friends and family
  • Complaints
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Religion
  • Secure Accommodation
  • What do I need to get permission for
  • Where you live
  • Your Social Care File
  • Further Contacts
  • Staying Put Policy procedures 2014

Contact Children and Families

Telephone: 01702 215000

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