Who has responsibility
If a court decides that we should look after a child, we have responsibility for them. If a parent has asked us to accommodate their child, the child's parents are still responsible for them.
We always work closely with children, their parents and families to make sure that we take their views into account in any decisions we make.
We draw up a care plan when a child first becomes looked after. The plan lays out what help and support the child and their family need, and how we will help them to get it. We talk to the child and the other people involved in their life, such as parents, carers, teachers, health visitors and other people who know them.
As things change over time, the care plan needs to be looked at regularly to make sure it's up to date and still works. We do this by having a looked after children review.
Find out more about looked after child (LAC) reviews
There are three locality teams within the city of Hull each serving one area of the city, staffed by social workers and support workers. There is also a specialist children and families disability team, which has a wider remit.
Services offered on a daily basis -
- we help children and families who are having difficulties dealing with everyday family life
- we protect children who are at risk of abuse/neglect
- we look after children who, for a variety of reasons, can not live at home
- we provide advice and support through key workers to families and children experiencing difficulties
- we advise about rights and benefits
- we prepare young people in care for independent living
- we also work with families in a preventative way, supporting families so that, wherever possible, children can stay in their own homes rather than go into care, providing respite and emergency fostering services