Working with looked after children

  1. The Virtual School for Children in Care
  2. Personal Education Plan (PEP)

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.

Designated teachers

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.

National advice

Children in care advice and policy on the Department for Education website.

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