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Information for looked after children

If you are under the age of 18 and have been provided with somewhere to live by Essex Children’s Social Care for more than 24 hours then you are formally known as ‘looked after’.


This could be when:

  • your parents or guardians have agreed with a social care team that you will be cared for away from home because of a court order;
  • there is no responsible caring adult available to look after you permanently;
  • you are being cared for away from home because of a court order;
  • you are placed for adoption but have not yet been legally adopted by your new permanent family.

You can find out more information on this on our Children in Care Council site.