Looked after children

Children - 5-8 years_


Looked after children are children who are cared for by their local council.

By law, we must look after children who cannot live with their families. This can be for a number of reasons. However, this is generally due to a voluntary agreement by the parents or a court ruling or care order that is in the best interests of the child.

The council’s Corporate Parenting service supports children who are looked after between 0 and 18 years and young people moving towards leaving care aged 18 to 24. The service works to a detailed care plan for each child and undertakes statutory duties, visits and reviews within government specified timescales.

Waltham Forest Council have aim to place as many Looked After Children close to their home borough as possible. The Sufficiency Strategy for Children Looked After and Care Leavers sets out our analysis of our Looked After Children and Care Leavers and their needs and describes what we are planning to do to ensure that we achieve this aim

Residential care Click to get info

Most of the children who are looked after by us are placed with foster carers, giving them the chance to live within a family environment. However for some, residential care may be more appropriate.

Where possible, children needing to go into residential care are placed in children’s homes within a 20 miles radius of their local area. However, in most circumstances they will be placed outside of the local area for safeguarding and risk management reasons.

All homes are regulated through Ofsted and inspected twice a year. We always aim to identify suitable residential care with good or outstanding Ofsted judgement.

If you have concerns about a child or young person who is in care, and has gone missing, the following guidance explains the process that needs to be followed.

London Procedure for Safeguarding Children Missing from care and home

Care Leavers Offer Click to get info

The Care Leaver’s Offer has been published to ensure that all Care Leavers in Waltham Forest who are the Local Authority's responsibility can know about their rights and responsibilities. Care Leavers can also access the Finance Guidance document to help understand what help and support they may qualify for.

Comments and complaints Click to get info

We aim to provide services to a high standard. We welcome your comments, good and bad, on our services. We will try to resolve problems quickly.

Get information on the council’s complaints process and making a comment.