'Children looked after' are those in the care of a Trust or who are provided with accommodation by a Trust. They may be living in residential homes or schools, with foster carers, or with a family relative or friend.

A Life Deserved: “Caring” for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy

The ‘A Life Deserved: “Caring” for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ Strategy aims to improve the wellbeing of children and young people who are already in care, at risk of entering care and those who have recently left care.

The rights-focused strategy was developed in collaboration with care-experienced children and young people and has been informed by carers, those who work directly with them or on their behalf across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors, including a number of government departments.  It will also be implemented across departments, agencies and sectors. 

‘A Life Deserved: “Caring” for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’ Strategy

A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy - Teenage version

A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy - Younger children version

A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy - Rural Needs Impact Assessment

A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy -  Equality Screening, Disability Duties and Human Rights Assessment

A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy -  Child Rights Impact Assessment

Children Looked After Strategy - Consultation Report

Personal Education Plans

Circular 2011/24 - The introduction of Personal Education Plans for looked after children, provides information for schools on the introduction of Personal Education Plans (PEP) for Looked After Children.

  • Annex A provides guidance on roles, responsibilities and completion of the Personal Education Plan
  • Annex B is a sample of Section 2 of the Personal Education Plan which will be sent out by the child/young person's social worker
  • Annex C is a list of contact details for Looked After Children Teams 

Quick reference Guides have been created to help with the completion of Section 2 of the Personal Education Plans.

  • PEP - Quick Reference Guide - Section 2

​Educational Support

The Putting care into Education resource booklet is a guide for educators of care-experienced children and young people in Northern Ireland.

 

     

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