Your looked after children health team
Your health and well being, whilst you are in care is important, once you become a looked after child/young person you will have access to a specialist health team who will support you. These are known as the Looked After Children’s Team (LAC)
Who are we and what we do
The team consists of specialist doctors, specialist nurses and a care navigator who will track your health journey.
When you first come into care your social worker will arrange for you to attend an initial health assessment which will be done by a doctor.
The people who attend this assessment may include your social worker, parents and carers, but you can ask to see the doctor alone during the assessment if you wish.
This appointment is nothing to worry about; it is your opportunity to discuss your health and any worries you may have. Together you will develop a plan of care with referral to specialist services if needed.
What happens at my Initial Health Assessment
- Social and medical history will be discussed
- Height and weight ( this does not need to be shared with anyone other than you and your doctor)
- General medical examination (Well Person Check) This will include listening to your heart, looking at your teeth, throat and ears, checking reflexes in arms and legs. You will not need to be fully undressed for this.
- Discussions about your emotional health, sexual health and risk taking behaviour, such as drug taking, smoking and alcohol intake.
- This is your opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your health and well being, you can bring notes with you if you want.
It is really important for you to attend this assessment, as this gives you the opportunity to access the best healthcare and information that will meet your needs.
This appointment will be held in a clinic setting.
Some of the services we can refer to:
- Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Audiology (hearing)
- Stop smoking
- Sexual health services
- Speech and language
- Drug and alcohol service
Your specialist LAC nurse will contact you and your carers 4 to 6 weeks after your initial health assessment. They will talk through the healthcare plan that you have discussed with the doctor. They will give you their contact details for you to access whenever you need.
If you do have health needs your specialist LAC nurse can offer support with:
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Personal hygiene
- Healthy lifestyle
- Puberty and sexual health, including giving you condoms
- Dental health
If you do not have any health needs your specialist LAC nurse will contact you every year while you are in care ,to complete a review health assessment with you and your parents/carers. This usually takes about 1 hour and is a discussion about your general health and emotional well being, together with a height and weight check. A confidential discussion with the nurse will be offered to you during this assessment. Your healthcare plan is then updated.
As you turn 18, you will have your final review health assessment. In addition, your specialist LAC nurse will give you a leaving healthcare summary ( this is a summary of all your healthcare to date). You can discuss what is included in this with your nurse.
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.