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It is our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The Children Act 1989 places duties on the courts and local authorities to make sure that every effort is made to keep families together by providing support to children at home.
A child who has to live away from home and be cared for by Devon County Council's Children and Young People's Services is known as a Child in Care (CiC). There are nearly 600 Children in Care in Devon. The proportion of children in foster homes is around 76%, with 5% of Children in Care adopted each year.
Stand Up Speak Up (SUSU)
If you are in care or a care leaver you can go to www.standupspeakup.org.uk where you can find out about Devon’s Children in Care Council and how you can have a say on issues that affect you. There is also lots of useful information, films for you to watch and games.
MIND OF MY OWN (MOMO)
Are you in in care or do you have a social worker? The free MOMO app is an easy way for you to tell your worker, or another adult that is working with you, what you’re thinking and get things off your chest. You can use it before a meeting, to ask for a change or to get a problem sorted. Many young people across the country have found it really helpful to get their views heard. You can talk to your worker or carer for support with downloading the app if you like.
Find out more
- Children in care awards
- Education of Children in Care
- Looked-after children who go missing
- Leaving care
- Services available to Looked After Children placed in Devon Local Authority Area by Other Local Authorities
- Atkinson Secure Children's Home
- Contact Social Services Online
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- call your local Social Services office (NaNMB - pdf help)