Being Looked After

Last modified 14/06/2017 03:58:04

When children and young people come into care they become ‘Looked After’. This means Blackpool Council's Children’s Services are responsible for looking after them and ensure they are safe. If you are looked after this website will explain the reasons why and help explain who you will work with, who can help to support you and how you can meet other children and young people who are in the same position. 

Coming into our care

There are many different ways you can be 'looked after'. You could live

  • With foster carers 
  • In a residential children’s home
  • With a member of your family or someone you know before you come into our care
  • In supported lodgings

Wherever you live, you will be well cared for and your dignity, privacy, rights and welfare should be respected.

You will still be able to

  • See your family (as long as it is safe for you to do so and in your best interest)
  • See your friends
  • Go to the same school
  • Keep your hobbies and interests

Our main aim is to provide you with a loving, friendly and stable home; where you will live with people who genuinely care about you and you feel happy being there.

Everyone understands that care cannot replace your family, and we will do our very best to support you through this difficult time. We also understand that you are in care for a reason - your carers will have been told why this decision was made for you. All are bound by confidentiality so please don’t worry - they will protect your privacy.

Your carers will have been assessed and will have completed training to make sure that you receive the best possible care. They are supported by us and Ofsted; which is an independent organisation which inspects them to make sure that they are doing everything that we expect of them.

Let us know

If you are worried about the care you receive, or if you have any questions/comments, there are lots of people you can speak to: