Our Children in Care team works closely with social care to look after the health needs of Bradford children and young people aged 0-18 who are looked after. This may be with a foster carer, a residential home, or living with family, friends or parents under the care of a social worker.
We have a named nurse who overseas the whole service, Andrea Hayley, who ensures children and young people are receiving the highest quality care available to them.
If you are a young person just about to leave care, we can also work with you to offer support and health advice. Please visit the Leaving Care page to find out more.
Our team of nurses can:
- offer you a health assessment carried out by a doctor when you first become looked after;
- provide a review health assessment with a specialist nurse every six months for children under five years old, and every 12 months for children over five years old;
- design a health care plan for you, following assessment, which can be shared with other health and social care professionals and used as part of your ongoing care plan;
- keep an updated health history for you based on the health assessment;
- give you advice and time to talk to a nurse about any health issues that are worrying you at any time;
- offer continuity of care by aiming to provide a nurse who will remain your single, consistent contact for the whole time you are in care;
- refer you to specialist services if necessary;
- provide you with public health advice and information;
- advocate on your half as required.
How can you access the Children in Care team?
Children are automatically referred into the service when they become Looked After.
You can contact the team on 01274 221002 or by emailing CIC@bdct.nhs.uk.