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Looked After Children Team - Luton

The Looked after Children (Health) team works in partnership with the Office of Children and Young People Service to ensure that children in the care system receive health services that are equitable to that received by any other child. The team also offers services to the carers and parents of children in the care system. 

The Luton Looked After Children’s team work with children that are placed into care by Luton Local authority.

We see children that are placed in Luton by Luton Local Authority and children placed from Luton within a 25 mile radius of our base in Luton.  For children who are placed into care by Bedfordshire Social Care; including Bedford and Bedford Borough, you should contact the Bedfordshire team on 01234 310104. 

The Looked After Children’s (LAC) Team are based in Redgrave Gardens, Luton.  The team comprises of two full time Specialist Nurses and two admin staff.  The team co-ordinate and arrange initial holistic health assessments within 20 working days of a referral being received from Luton Social Care.

Every child and young person is then seen for a Review Health Assessment. 

  • Children who are under 5 years are seen every six months by either their Health Visitor or the Specialist Nurse for LAC. 
  • Children over 5 years are seen annually by a Specialist Nurse within the LAC team.

The majority of review health assessments are conducted within the Child or Young Person’s home. This enables us to see the child in their normal environment and prevents them from having to be taken out of school.

We work closely with Luton Social Care, our Designated Nurse for LAC and Safeguarding, CAMHSCommunity Paediatricians, Health Visitors and School Nurses.

Health Assessments
Initial Health Assessments are conducted by paediatricians in clinics at the Edwin Lobo Child Development Centre in Luton, or a designated doctor local to where the child is placed. A detailed Health Summary Action Plan is shared with the Social Worker, the Independent Reviewing Officer, the Foster Carer, the GP and in some cases the biological parents. Outstanding health issues are addressed and necessary referrals made by the Paediatrician.

Review health assessments are conducted in the Child’s or young person’s home.  As with initial health assessments a detailed action plan is produced and shared in the same way.

Care Leavers
The last face to face health assessment is conducted before the young person’s 18th birthday.  A Health Passport is then completed and given to them with a copy of the health plan, which ensures that they have information about their health history.

The LAC team contact young people between their 18th and 19th birthday to offer health advice and support, which is available from the LAC Nurses to all care leavers up to the age of 21 (25 if in full time education).

In addition, the LAC team liaise regularly with the residential and semi-independent living houses in Luton and Bedford and provide training and support for their young people when necessary.

Contact us and find us at:
Looked after Children Team
Redgrave Gardens Children and Young People's Centre
Redgrave Gardens
Luton  LU3 3QN
Tel: 01582 345929/345930
Email: Lookedafterchildren@nhs.net

 

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