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The service provides expert support and advice to ensure that the health needs of this vulnerable and highly mobile group of children and young people are met effectively. It receives weekly information on newly accommodated children and young people and ensures that key practitioners are aware of new and changed placements. Statutory health assessments are co-ordinated and monitored to ensure that staff are adequately trained and supported. Close liaison across the country ensures that the health needs of children and young people placed from North East Essex continue to be met in out of County placements. The Designated Nurse provides training and information for foster carers, and multi-agency staff working with looked after children.
The service undertakes work with children and young people who have complex needs as appropriate. It provides service information, training and clinical development and feedback from service users. It works closely with other services and partner agencies, and specific care needs may be delivered in collaboration with these services. Examples of this are, behaviour management, parenting, addressing mental health issues of all ages, enuresis , continence , special needs, sleep management, complex health needs, psycho social issues, sexual health and healthy living.
The Looked after Children team is based at 910 The Crescent on Colchester Business Park and works across both the Colchester and Tendring areas. Children and young people are seen in a variety of locations including schools, local health clinics or in their placements.
How do people access the service?
Children are referred to this service by a number of agencies. As with Children’s Community Services, referrals might come from foster carers, general practitioners, practice nurses , TASCC teams, social care, education, voluntary agencies, parents/carers, Child Medical Officers, hospital services, physiotherapists, speech therapists, children’s centres, specialist nurses , community paediatric teams, early years settings and schools (this list is not exhaustive).
Looked After Children’s Designated Nurse 01206 588019.
Health Advisor for young people leaving care 01206 518515
LAC Administrator 01206 518516