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Looked after children

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Explore what the term ‘looked after children’ means and which children and young people this term relates to. Use this resource to read more about the key role nurses have in supporting the health and wellbeing of ‘looked after children’.


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Who is this resource for?

This resource is aimed at nurses and nursing support workers across all settings and levels of practice, including students of health, social work and care professions.

What will this resource give me?

  • overview of the term ‘looked after children’
  • the law across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • the meaning of being a ‘care leaver’ before the age of 18
  • statistics on the numbers of ‘looked after children’ in the UK
  • reasons behind the number of ‘looked after children’
  • affects on the development and physical health of ‘looked after children’
  • role of nurses and health visitors in supporting and promoting the health of ‘looked after children’
  • the role of specialist nurses, named nurses and designated nurses for ‘looked after children’
  • access to surveys of nurses working with ‘looked after children’.

Date updated

13 Sept 2022

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