Services for children and young people

Whether you are looking for a care service or use one already, you should read the National Care Standard relevant to the service. You can use the Standards when discussing the service with staff or management, or should things go wrong, they can help if you need to raise concerns or make a complaint.

Adoption agencies

Adoption agencies

Children and young people are entitled to grow up as part of a loving family that meets their needs through childhood and beyond. In most circumstances, this will be the child's birth family and may include extended family members. For other children this may be achieved through adoption.

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Care homes for children and young people

Care homes for children and young people

These services provide accommodation together with nursing and personal care or support to children and young people.

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Childcare agencies

Childcare agencies

Childcare agencies supply or introduce to parents a childcarer who looks after a child or young person up to the age of 16, wholly or mainly in the home of that child's parent or parents.

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Early education and childcare up to the age of 16

Early education and childcare up to the age of 16

Services for children and young people up to the age of 16 years include, for example, nurseries, childminders and after school clubs. Services are provided in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and in domestic or non-domestic premises.

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Foster care and family placement services

Foster care and family placement services

Fostering agencies and family placement services may be voluntary and independent services or they may be local authorities acting as fostering agencies. They may provide longer term placements or short breaks for children.

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School care accommodation services

School care accommodation services

School care accommodation services are provided to ensure that children and young people can attend school. They provide accommodation, for example, in the school or outside the school in a hostel.

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