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Frequently asked questions

When does my LAC Review happen?

Your first review will be within 20 days of you becoming looked-after.  The next one will be after 3 months and then every 6 months after that.

When will I get my 16+ Personal Adviser?

You are supposed to get your adviser when you are 15 years and 9 months old (i.e. just before your 16th birthday)

I am in care and think it is my fault?

No, this is just wrong.  Regardless of how you feel about this, it will never be your fault.

Who do I tell if I am worried about someone else?

You need to tell someone that you trust.  For example, this could be your carer, teacher or social worker, or someone else you get on with.

I am worrying about something, who can I ask?

You need to ask someone that you trust.  For example, this could be your carer, teacher or social worker, or someone else.

When can I leave school?

You can leave school at the end of the year when you are 16 but you must continue with education, training or a job with training.  The law says that you cannot just get a full time job without training until you are 18.  Officially, the last day of Year 11 is the last Friday of June.

Take a look at this website for more info:

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/employment-rights-for-young-people

Where can I find out what to do when I leave school?

Your school should provide you with information, advice and guidance about all of your future options.  This information has to be fair and not biased.   The education liaison team can also provide you with advice. 

Contact details:

  • Telephone: 01432 260579
  • Email: hjones@herefordshire.gov.uk
  • Address: Education Liaison Support Service, County Offices, Bath Street, Hereford HR1 2TL

There is also more detailed information here on our Education and training section.

What support can I get when I am in care?

You will get the support of a social worker who will be the link with your school, carer and other people you are involved with, including your family.  You will help write a document called a care plan which will cover everything about your life at the moment and help to plan for the future. For more information visit our section on Your review.

What happens when I leave care?

Your social worker should provide you with information and plan with you properly in advance.  You will help write a document called a pathway plan which will cover everything about your future including accommodation, money, education and work. The education liaison team can also provide you with advice about education options.  

Contact details: 

  • Telephone: 01432 260579
  • Email: hjones@herefordshire.gov.uk
  • Address: Education Liaison Support Service, County Offices, Bath Street, Hereford HR1 2TL

Who do I talk to if I don’t like where I am?

Your social worker or you can talk to someone independent at:

  • Children’s Rights Director at www.rights4me.org or on 08005280731,
  • NYAS (advocacy) at help@nyas.net or on 0808 808 1001,

If I move placement, how will I get there?  How will my things be transported? What else will happen?

Your social worker will make arrangements for your transport to your new placement.  Your belongings will be properly transported in holdalls or suitcases.  If you have not got a suitcase or holdall, these will be provided for you.  When you get to the new placement, you will have a meeting where you and your new carers will agree how things will work.

What happens if I get kicked out of my placement?

You will be found a new placement by your social worker who will keep you up-to-date with what is happening.  You will not be left without somewhere to live.

What do I do if I am being cyber-bullied?

Tell someone who you trust about what is happening.  Cyber-bullying is a crime and you can tell the police if you want to.

Who will help me learn about managing my money when I get some?

Your foster carer will be helping you with this as you get older.  You can also ask for help from your 16+ Personal Adviser.

Where can I get emergency contraception?

The Council funds pharmacists to provide emergency contraception to young people. Find out more on the page about advice on sexual health for under 25's 

How do I contact my Independent Reviewing Officer and why are they important?

Your IRO is the person to contact if you are not happy with something in your care plan.  

Where can I find answers to other questions?

If you have a question that we haven't answered here, send us an email.