Whether or not your child is looked after when living with a relative or friend

Whether or not your child is looked after whilst they are living with a relative or friend is important because it can affect whether or not your child or their carer has a right to receive support:

Is your child looked after by Children’s Services?

  • if your child is looked after, Children’s Services has to provide them with financial and other support. But
  • if your child is not looked after, Children’s Services may provide support if your child is assessed as being a child in need, but they don’t have to.
For more information about support for children in need, please see our Advice Sheet 21: Support for relatives and friends who are looking after someone else’s childSupport for relatives and friends who are looking after someone else’s child.

Who is a looked after child?

Your child will be looked after if your child’s social worker:
  • Was involved in making the arrangements for your child to live with your friend or relative.
  • Asked you to agree to the arrangement (usually in writing).
If you think your child is looked after and you want to find out more look here.

What is a private arrangement?

If the social worker was not involved and the arrangement was made directly between you and your relative, your child is not looked after. The fact your child lives somewhere else will be treated as a private family and friends care arrangement. To find out more look here.

If you are not sure, you should call our advice line and we will talk the situation through with you.


 

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