Clinical update

Looked after children: a framework for better outcomes

Revised guidance details roles and competencies required of healthcare staff who work with looked after children

Revised guidance details roles and competencies required of healthcare staff who work with looked after children

Essential information

The term looked after children refers to any child who is in the care of the local authority or housed by them for more than 24 hours.

They may be subject to a court order or accommodated voluntarily, including in the short term.

For a majority of children this is the result of abuse or neglect, but there are rising numbers of unaccompanied asylum seekers and children who have been trafficked from abroad.

Although there are variations in trends across the four nations, the number of looked after children has increased steadily across the UK.

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