If you are a Suffolk child or young person in care, you may either be living in a foster home or a children's home or with family/friends. This might be in Suffolk or outside of Suffolk.
This section can provide you with all the information you need, and direct you to sources of support.
Who's who in Children's Services? - A guide to people you might meet in Children's Services, if you're a young person in care or care leaver. Download the Who Cares? Trust guide.
Going into care
If you are going into care you might have some questions and be worried about what's going to happen next. For information and advice about going into care, what happens when you move in, and your rights as a young person in care, have a look at the children and young people's Guide to Foster Care.
For more information, you can also call 01473 264800 or visit the Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service website.
What happens next?
After being in care for 4 weeks you'll have a meeting called a 'review' to find out how you're doing. These reviews will then happen every 6 months while you stay in care and are chaired by your Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO).
It's really important that you get to have your say at this meeting and that your views are listened to.
The Promise Booklet can help you do this. You can fill it in to let people know how you feel about things and sort out what's going to happen in the future. You can share your views and send it directly to your IRO. Your social worker or foster carer should go through the Promise Booklet with you before your review.
Need to talk to someone?
Get confidential help and advice through our 1-1 live chat service, Ask the 4YP Expert.
Young people's workers at 4YP (Suffolk Young People's Health Project) are available to offer support around emotional health and wellbeing issues from 5-7pm Monday to Friday.