Over recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of looked after children across the UK. This document provides a framework for all groups of professionals – from healthcare professionals to non-clinical staff who could be involved with looked after children – to ensure this vulnerable group of children are best supported.
Healthcare staff working with this group of children and their carers must have the right knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, particularly as access to highly skilled and knowledgeable health practitioners results in improved outcomes, enabling young people to achieve their full potential. In order to achieve the required improvement in outcomes for these vulnerable children and young people, there continues to be the need for health staff working in dedicated roles for looked after children at specialist, named and designated level. Such post holders require specific knowledge and skills that are distinct from individuals whose primary focus may be centred on child protection and safeguarding.