Looked-after Children

The words ‘looked after’ are often used to describe being in care. You may be in care because your parents are unable to care for you, or it maybe because it is not safe for you to be at home.

If you are looked-after, Hackney Children’s Social Care has a responsibility to make sure you have accommodation, are cared for, are safe and are valued.

What’s it like being taken into care? This short film talks about one boy’s experience of the care system.

Your rights as a child or young person in care and the service you can expect from the Council are set out in a document called The Hackney Promise. You can also find out how you can get help from the Children’s Rights Officer as well as information on the Children in Care Council, Hackney Get Heard and The Leaving Care Service.

You can also download a leaflet which explains what you can expect Being in Care – there is a version for young people, and a version for children under 13. Click on the links to download.

Useful websites


The WHO Cares? Trust is the voice for children in care.  They offer a free and confidential advice service. Call 020 7017 8901 between 10:30am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or email advice@thewhocarestrust.org.uk

The Citizens Advice Bureau can give you information and guidance about your rights as a looked-after child or young person. They can also help you with other issues such as housing, welfare benefits and legal matters.Corams

The Children’s Legal Centre provides free representation, legal information, and advice to children, young people, their families, carers.

nyas bannerThe National Youth Advocacy Service can give you information, advice and legal representation. You can call them for free on 0808 808 1001 Weekdays 9.00am – 8.00pm or on Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm or email: help@nyas.net