Children in care (sometimes called 'looked after children') are youngsters who are placed in the care of Barnsley Council because their families can no longer look after them.
This is a legal requirement under the Children Act 1989 (new window) which also includes the rights of children in care.
In Barnsley, the children and young people we look after prefer to be called ‘children in care’. They feel that the terms ‘looked after’ and ‘children in need’ make them sound like needy children, when really all they want is love and protection.
We act as corporate parents to all ‘children in care’ in the Barnsley area.
This means that we - all council services, employees and elected members - must consider children and young people in care as if they were our own children and look after them accordingly. We do this by providing high quality services which:
- meet their individual needs
- make sure they’re safe and protected
- help them grow up healthily
- help them get a good education
- help them gain and develop the essential life and social skills needed for adulthood
- help them reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives
How do children come into care?
There are three ways children can come into our care:
- through a voluntary arrangement, where their parents or those with parental responsibility agree to the child or young person being accommodated
- under an interim care order. This is an order made by a court for a period of eight weeks
- under a care order. This is an order made by court placing the child in the care and supervision of the council.