Looking after children in care

Your parents

Parents are always important and they play a big part in your life and care. We expect your parents, wherever possible, to:

  • take part in decisions about you
  • come and see you as much as possible
  • come to all important meetings about you
  • go to your parents' meetings at school
  • go with you to medical examinations
  • help to make sure you see your brothers, sisters, other relatives and people important to you

We will work out with you and your parents exactly what things they will do. This will not be the same for every young person. It can depend on:

  • what your parents want
  • where your parents are and whether they are still in contact with you
  • how well you and your parents are getting on
  • why you are being looked after

We understand that some young people's parents have both died. If this has happened, close relatives can act as your parent during your time in care.