In care or going into care
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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, available in Suffolk and from national organisations.
A good place to start is with the Suffolk Children in Care Council
You might also like to read this short story written by a young person in care in Suffolk.
You might like to visit the IMO website - write, speak, share. IMO is a voice for young people in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff!
Going into care in Suffolk
If you are going into care you might have some questions and be worried about what's going to happen next. Suffolk's Children in Care Council have put together this film which helps you understand more about going into care in Suffolk.For information and advice about going into care, what happens when you move in, and your rights as a child or young person in care.
An independent visitor is an adult volunteer who you could be matched with who will take you out once a month to do actives of your choice. It's like having a favourite aunt or uncle coming to visit. If you are between 0-18 years old and you would like an independent visitor you can request this at your review or by talking to your social worker.
Contact details – Anglia Care Trust Tel: 01473 622888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who else can help me?
There is a charity called Become, who can offer you confidential information and advice about coming into care. They have a website that could answer your questions. Take a look at this section - frequently asked questions about care. You can also call their freephone advice line on 0800 023 2033 (lines are open Monday to Friday 10:30am - 3pm); or email email@example.com
When you come into care or leave care you are going to meet lots of people from different services. Read this useful factsheet about who is who in Children's Services from the charity Become. It gives a helpful explanation about some of the people you may meet - download the factsheet
For more information and advice about being in care you can also contact the service provided by Children's Commissioner for England. The service is free and confidential:
- Help at Hand website - www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/help-at-hand
- Freephone - 0800 528 0731
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Now I'm in care what happens next?
After being in care for four weeks you'll have a meeting called a 'review' to find out how you're doing. These reviews will then happen every six 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 and this is sent to you before every review meeting. Suffolk’s Promise is a set of 10 promises made by Suffolk County Council to children in care and care leavers. It sets out what children and young people can expect and our commitment to you.
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 independent reviewing officer (IRO). Your social worker or foster carer should go through the Promise booklet with you before your review. Find out more about the Suffolk Promise and the Promise booklet on The Source website.