Children in Our Care Team
Social Workers in the Children in Our Care Team (CIOC) work with children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are placed in our care. This can be with parental consent (s20) or through the making of a Care Order (s31). Children and young people can be placed at home with a parent, with a relative or friend, in foster care or residential care. The role of the Social Worker involves working closely with the child and relevant others including parents, carers and professionals to make sure that a child or young person has a clear care plan that is informed by the voice of the child. The aim is to ensure that the child receives appropriate support and services including care, education and health. Social Workers within this service area enjoy the opportunity of building strong long term relationships with children and young people through direct work. Their work helps children to understand their past, manage the present and build a future as a happy and healthy adult. CIOC work towards permanency for all children and young people through discharge of the Care Order, Special Guardianship, agreed long term fostering or adoption. Where a care plan of adoption was agreed, this would move to the Adoption Team at the point of a Placement Order being granted.