East Lothian Council

Looked after children and young people

Other sources of support

Support at school

Every East Lothian Council school has a teacher who is responsible for co-ordinating matters for looked after children:

  • in primary schools, this is usually the Head Teacher
  • in secondary schools, it's a senior member of staff

These teachers:

  • maintain an overview of looked after children's progress
  • take responsibility for ensuring appropriate measures are in place for supporting the children's education
  • monitor all looked after children in the school, and report each child's progress to the Head of Education (or his/her nominee)
  • liaise with local social work managers, residential unit staff and foster carers when an accommodated child comes into school or when someone who is already enrolled as a pupil becomes accommodated. (Accommodated children are looked after by the Council and live away from home. The Council may have placed them with foster carers or relatives, or in residential units.)
  • liaise with the School Management Team co-ordinating information for and attending children's reviews and Children's Hearings
  • liaise with the Psychological Service, social work services and other appropriate agencies
  • liaise with the Education Officer and the Inclusion Support Co-ordinator as appropriate

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland provides an independent advocacy service for East Lothian's looked after children and young people and helps them make sure their views are heard and taken account of. For more information, please contact them on 07739 078246.

Leaving care

Our Throughcare and Aftercare Team provide help, support and advice to looked after young people who are leaving care. This is wide-ranging and includes support with finding:

  • housing
  • education, employment and training
  • financial support
  • health care

For more information, visit the Throughcare and Aftercare section of this site

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