Children in care
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 our services is known as a child in care. 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 Stand Up Speak Up website to 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
Are you in care or do you have a social worker? The free Mind Of My Own 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.
The mission statement for Children’s Services was written by our children in care.
“Working to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are in care or leaving care across Devon by
- providing support if it is needed
- sticking to the promises made to children young people in Our Pledge
- fulfilling children and young peoples’ mental, physical, social and emotional needs”
- Services available to looked after children placed in Devon Local Authority area by other local authorities (letter from Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children’s Services)