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Looked After Children
Caterpillars are committed to providing a quality provision based on equality of opportunity for all children and their families.  All staff are committed to doing all they can to enable “looked after” children in their care to achieve and reach their full potential. Definition of “Looked after Children” (LAC): Children and young people become “looked after” if they have either been taken into care by the local authority, or have been accommodated by the local authority.  Most LAC will be living in foster homes, but may be living in a children’s home or with a relative. At Caterpillar’s we recognise that children who are being looked after may have experienced traumatic situations; physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or neglect.  This is not always the case and we do recognise that there are a number of reasons why children may be placed into care.  Either way we recognise that a child’s separation from their home and family can signifies a disruption in their lives which can impact their emotional well-being. Caterpillars pride its self on promoting children’s rights to be strong, resilient and listened too. The term “looked after children” donates the current legal status; this term is never used to categorise a child as standing out from others.  We do not refer to a child using acronyms such LAC. We do offer sessions to LAC who are between 2 and 4 years old, although we do ensure that the child has formed secure attachments to their new carer before placing them in the setting.  Otherwise this could hamper their learning experiences and cause further disruption. We offer places for funded 3 and 4 year olds who are in care to ensure they receive their entitlement to early education, and some funded 2 year olds. Where a child who normally attends Caterpillars is taken into care and is cared for by the local foster carer we will continue to offer the placement for the child. Our designated person for looked after children is our child protection co-ordinator, Lianne Appleby.  Every child is allocated a key person before they start and this is no different for a looked after child.  We ensure that the allocated key person has the information, support and training necessary to meet the looked after child’s needs. Lianne Appleby and the key person will liaise with agencies, professional and practitioners involved with the child and his or her family. We at Caterpillars recognise that the local authority social care department is the child’s “corporate parent” and has overall control over the child.  Nothing changes without prior discussion and agreement with the child’s social worker. Transition to school will be handled sensitively and the designated person and or the child’s key worker will liaise with the school when passing on relevant information or documentation. We aim to meet with the relevant professionals to determine the objectives of the placement and draw up a care plan that incorporates the child’s learning needs.  This care plan will consider issues such as: o The child’s emotional needs and how they are met o How any emotional issues and problems that affect behaviour are to be managed o The child’s sense of self, culture, languages/identity – and how this will be supported o The child’s need for sociability and friendship o The child’s interests and abilities and possible learning journey and how any special needs will be supported. o How this information will be shared with the foster carer and local authority, how it will be recorded and stored. References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records   Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017