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When a child or young person is cared for by the local authority this is called being looked after. Hull City Council is the local authority in Hull. Children and young people can be looked after for long or short periods of time.

A child can become looked after for lots of reasons, but the main reasons are -

  • if a child breaks the law, the court can decide that they should be looked after
  • if a child has been harmed and needs to be protected, a court can make an order that they should be looked after. This is called a care order
  • a parent can ask us to look after their child, usually for a short time, if they are having family problems, are unwell or need a break

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.

Care plan

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.

The care plan also includes how we plan to -

  • keep the child safe from harm
  • make sure they have a stable, long-term place to live. We will always look into whether it is safe and appropriate for the child to live with their parents first. We also think about whether it would be better for the child if they lived with relatives, friends, foster carers, residential carers, adoptive parents or on their own
  • make sure the child gets all the health care they need
  • make sure they get the education they need
  • allow the child to see and spend time with family and friends
  • make sure the child feels good about him or herself
  • make sure they have everything they need for their culture, religion, ethnicity and identity

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

Locality Teams

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
North Locality Team

North Locality Team
Hull City Council
McMillan Children's Centre
21 Avenue

Telephone: 01482 300 300

Fax: 01482 616 445

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East Locality Team

East Locality Team
Hull City Council
87 Preston Road

Telephone: 01482 300 300

Fax: 01482 318 483

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West Locality Team

West Locality Team
Hull City Council
The Goodwin Centre
Icehouse Road

Telephone: 01482 300 300

Fax: 01482 573 361

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Children and Families Disability Team

Children and Families Disability Team
Hull City Council
The Children's Centre
70 Walker Street

Telephone: 01482 300 300

Fax: 01482 886 593
Opening times:
Monday – Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

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