Working with looked after children
Looked after children and children in care
‘Looked after children’ (or LAC) as defined by the Children Act 1989, are either:
- in the care of a local authority, or
- provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by a local authority
We use the term ‘children in care’ to include all children being looked after by a local authority. This follows the publication of Care matters: time for change – Publications – GOV.UK.
Every maintained school in East Sussex has a teacher who is responsible for supporting ‘looked after children’.
They also provide a clear point of contact for teachers and other children’s services workers.
Children in care advice and policy on the Department for Education website.
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