Working with looked after children

1. 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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