Looked after children
There are many children that can’t stay with their parents. When this happens, it can be an upsetting and confusing time. Your social worker should talk to you about why you are in care and what that means for you.
You can ask your social worker as many questions as you want, questions like:
- Why can’t I live with my family?
- Can I still see/talk to my family?
- How long will I be living with caregivers?
- What if I don’t like where I’m living?
You can also look at the Hillingdon kids in care website pages
The info for care kids is a great website designed to help you with information, advice and useful links to further resources.
Independent Advocacy for Looked After Children
Coram Voice are commissioned to provide independent advocacy support to Hillingdon’s looked after children and care leavers. This new service is launched on 1st October 2018. Coram Voice advocates will support children and young people who want to have a greater participation in the decisions made about their future. Coram Voice advocates make sure that young people are aware of their rights and are able to speak up about the things that they feel strongly about.
Accessing the service
Making a referral to the service could not be easier.
For young people:
Freephone: 0808 800 5792
SMS/Text: 07758 670 369
The Helpline is open every weekday from 9.30am to 6pm and on Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. If English is not the young person’s first language we have immediate access to Language Line.
Coram Voice is a leading national charity that works to uphold the rights of children and young people to actively participate in shaping their own lives. We specialise in empowering children and young people in and on the edges of the care system. We are part of the Coram group of charities.