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Adoption, Fostering, Looked After Children and Care Leavers

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Children's Social Services in Bexley have various specialist teams including:

  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Looked After Children
  • Care Leavers

For more information visit: https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/childrens-social-care

 

Adoption

If you are interested in adopting through the London Borough of Bexley, The adoption team would welcome the opportunity to explore this further with you.

We are a highly experienced, stable, friendly and successful team who pride ourselves in providing good customer service and developing positive working relationships with all our adopters.

There are many ways you can make contact with us or find out more about adoption. This includes being able to:

 

Fostering

Foster carers are a valuable part of our community, who enrich the lives of children in our borough who cannot be looked after by their own parents or family. Anyone offering a stable, secure home who can commit to providing the care a child or young person needs, can foster, subject to the normal checks.
Foster carers can be of any age from 21 upwards, although you will need to have the health and stamina to care for somebody else's child.
You can be a foster carer regardless of your ethnicity, religion, sexuality or marital status.
Some foster carers have their own children, others do not - but you will need to understand their needs and have had experience of dealing with children.

Individuals and couples should meet the following criteria:

  • one main carer must be available for the children in their care
  • you will need to have a level of stability and security in your life
  • applicants must have a spare bedroom
  • applicants must live in the London Borough of Bexley or a neighbouring borough

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer contact the Fostering team:

 

Looked After Children

A child or young person may become looked after by the local authority because significant safeguarding issues have been identified and that it is deemed unsafe for the child or young person to remain at home or within the family. The parents may disagree and matters maybe so concerning the local authority has placed the matter before the courts for a court order to be granted ( Section 31 Children Act 1989 ) which then give the local authority shared parental responsibility. In this instance parents will have been advised to seek legal representation.

We will work with children, young people and families to maintain a child living at home or with a family member wherever possible as we believe it is best that a child or young person is best placed within their family network. We will ensure:

  • contact arrangements are made so family members and the child can still see one another where it is in the best interest of the child and young person
  • a care plan is in place that describes how the child and young person’s needs will be met and how often the plan is reviewed
  • the child or young person will be visited by their allocated social worker in the first week of coming into care and then at monthly intervals as a minimum

For more information visit: https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/childrens-social-care/children-who-are-looked-after-bexley

 

Care Leavers

In April 2017 the Children and Social Work Act became law and the support for young adults leaving care has been extended to include young people aged 22 to 25 who are not in education.
Local Authorities have a duty to support care experienced young people to move successfully into independence and to make all young adults aware of what support is available to them. The information explains your entitlements as a young adult leaving care, and has links to more detailed guides for your information. These are all available in paper form and can be adapted in various ways to make them accessible for all. Please contact your personal adviser or the young adults leaving care duty desk on 020 8303 7777 if you need further help.

 

Strategy for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

The strategy 2017 to 2020 (PDF, 2MB) sets out our five ‘good for me’ priorities to improve the lives of looked after children and care leavers. It has relationships at its heart. When looked after children and young people talk about what makes a difference for them, it is always about people and relationships. We want every looked after child and care leaver to have these sorts of relationships.

The strategy is a statement of our intention to continue to collaborate with families, carers, schools, and all professionals, in pursuit of what our looked after children and care leavers need. We have taken strong account of government guidance, including the newly published strategy for care leavers, 'Keep on Caring', and the consultation documents published in October 2017 as part of the Children and Social Work Act requirement for care leavers.


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