Realising the potential of Children in Care

Children in Care Specialist Nurses

The Looked After Children’s Nurses are a group of qualified and highly skilled nurses who work as a team within Virtual School Kent.

What do the Looked After Children’s Nurses do?

  • They see children and young people in care for their statutory holistic health assessments. Children under the age of five are seen every six months and children between the ages of five and eighteen are seen once a year. The assessment will be offered at a time and variety of venues to suit the child/young person and foster carer. Occasionally, if requested we will also see young people beyond the age of eighteen. Young people are given the opportunity to be seen alone.
  • Following the health assessment of a child in care they are able to refer them to services such as Speech and Language, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, etc
  • They liaise with other health professionals such as Health Visitors, School Nurses, Sexual Health, Outreach Nurses, Practice Nurses, etc
  • They are informed of children and young people in care attendances at Accident and Emergency Departments and will follow up if there is a cause for concern as part of their safeguarding role.
  • They offer chlamydia screening and c-card registration if appropriate.
  • The have an advocacy role and will support the children and young people regarding any health issues
  • They offer advice regarding specific health issues to foster carers, children/young people or other professionals.
  • They attend meetings with a wide range of professionals who work with children in care and also meet regularly with their universal health colleagues.
  • They participate in VSK Multi-agency training programmes as well as promoting and raising awareness of children in care to other professionals such as pre-registration nursing students.