Looked After Children

Our specialist nurses work with children and young people, from birth to 25 years old who have become looked after by the Local Authority. Nurses are co-located with the Local Authority and Social Workers to support a multi disciplinary approach.

The aim of the service is to promote health and wellbeing and to enable access to universal services. The service provides:

  • Initial health assessment when a child becomes looked after
  • 6 monthly or annual review health assessment in conjunction with Health Visitors and School Nurses.
  • Individual advice and support within Childs home, Foster placement, Residential Homes and others.
  • We are part of the Vulnerable Children's Unit which also incorporates the Youth Offending Team and the Pupil Referral Service.
  • Support through referrals and sign posting to other services.
  • An advocacy role on behalf of the young people.
  • Work alongside the Sexual Health Outreach Worker and CRI (Substance Misuse) specialists to ensure appropriate access and support.
  • Work closely with Family Nurse Partnership to support vulnerable pregnant teenagers.
  • We offer training and support to foster carers and residential staff.
  • We provide a shadowing service for other professionals.
  • We work in conjunction with others both locally and nationally to identify and address the health needs of Looked After Children, placed out of their home area.

The individual Looked After Children Nurses have specialist roles covering; Children with Complex Needs and Disabilities, Young People Leaving Care and the Strategic Overview of Kirklees Looked After children which feeds into the Local, Regional and National agenda.


Children's Social Care - 01484 221000


Referrals to this service come from within social care teams.

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