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Children in Care

Who is the service for

The service is for all children who are in the care of Birmingham Local Authority. The service will also see children placed in Birmingham from other authorities. Referrals are received from social workers within Birmingham and nursing teams from other authorities. If you are a child in care you will no doubt of been seen by someone within the team. If you are new into care you will be seen by the nurses once you are over the age of five.

Who provides it

The term “Child in Care” refers to any child in the care of the local authority. This can mean being placed in a children’s home, foster placement, prison, receiving respite care or on a full care order but living at home. 

There are currently around 2,000 children in care in Birmingham. These children are some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society. It is not unusual for some of the children to have experienced many placement changes, therefore making it difficult for them to forge relationships. 

Due to the frequent moves they are also more likely to have missed school or even been excluded. This often means they have missed out on routine health screening and immunisations that other children benefit from. 

They also lose the chance of gaining valuable social skills by being able to make and keep friends. Important health promotion issues, for example, sexual health, pregnancy, drugs etc are often missed or misunderstood.

We are a team of 4 nurses, including one designated nurse, 3 nursing assistants and 5 admin staff some of whom work part time hours.

We are based at the Carnegie Clinic, Hunters Road, Hockley, Birmingham, B19 1DR.

The nursing team undertake review health assessments and occasionally initial health assessments. 

We will provide a health plan, address any identified health issues and signpost to other services as required. We will give missing immunisations, carry out health promotion and screen for potential emotional well being concerns. 

The nurses attend strategic and operational multi agency meetings city wide.

The nursing assistants assist at clinic and work alongside the nurses to provide health promotion and support in a wide range of settings.

The administrative team are responsible for all the referrals coming into and going out of the team. They provide administrative support to the nursing team as well as answering queries from many sources.

The team generally works from 0800 to 1800 but the nurses offer flexible appointments outside of these hours at times.

Referral process

Referrals to the service are from social workers within Birmingham local authority and other authorities from around the country

Health assessments are completed using a nationally recognised assessment form called a BAAF (British Association of Adoption and Fostering) form. This .form comprises of three sections. Part A is the demographic and personal information for the child which is usually populated electronically by the social worker. The professional undertaking the assessment completes part B of the form and summarises what they have found in part C.

Part C is the health plan and this highlights the needs of the child as well as whose responsibility it is to carry out the actions. All children in care should have a health plan. 

The team contacts the child and arranges to see them either at home or in a clinic situation. There is a leaflet you will receive when we send out your appointment that explains what to expect from your health assessment (add team leaflet) This leaflet has a code that can be accessed from a smart phone that shows you a DVD that explains what will happen at the assessment. (Add Cartoon version of the DVD)

The nurses will type up the health plan to ensure it is legible and easy to follow.

Click here to download the RHA YP referral form

Contact Us

Children in Care
Carnegie Centre,
Hunters Road,
Hockley,
Birmingham,
B19 1DR

Tel: 0121 465 3771

Children and Families Referral form for all services