Information about the resources and facilities available to any Looked After Child and care leavers who may be placed in the borough by another local authority.
Consultation and notification
In line with the 2014 amendments to the Care Planning Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 if you are planning to place a child from your local authority in the borough of Lewisham and it is a ‘distant’ placement you should consult with us by email.
Once a decision has been made to proceed notification of the child’s details should be sent to us by email or by post to Lewisham Children’s Social Care, Placements Team, Laurence House, 1st Floor, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU.
Please also use this address to notify us when a Looked After Child leaves the borough or moves address.
Overview of services
When a decision has been reached to place a Looked After Children in the borough we ask that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss securing a school place if required.
Each school has a designated teacher for Looked After Children whose role is to promote the educational achievement of all Looked After Children on the school roll.
The Lewisham Virtual School works collaboratively with colleagues in other local authorities and will support any school with queries relating to children on their roll who may be placed in the borough by another local authority.
For more information of our Virtual school please contact Pat Dunkley 020 8314 8413.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
For any looked after child with a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) moving into Lewisham social workers are asked to contact us.
They will assist in identifying the most appropriate provision and monitoring this on behalf of the placing authority.
Early years and childcare provision
LAC aged 2, 3, or 4 are entitled to 15 hours free childcare
- 14 weeks in Autumn Term
- 12 weeks in Spring Term
- 12 weeks in Summer Term
There are a range of activities and services in our children’s centres, alongside more intensive individual family support work.
All children and young people living in the borough have access to universal health services which includes GP, Midwifery, School Nursing, Health Visitor, Contraception and Sexual Health Services (CASH), and secondary health care services provided by University Hospital Lewisham. Find information about support for carers or young people to find a local service.
Young people can access the following websites for advice and information about the locations of sexual health clinics:
- KISP, a website that aims to empower young people in Lewisham about issues about contraception, sex and relationships, sexual health and related issues.
- The Come Correct (or CCard) scheme provides access to free condoms in a variety of locations (called Outlets) across London. Once registered you can collect condoms or get advice from any Outlet displaying the Come Correct logo.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Lewisham has a specialist service for looked after children known as the Symbol team. If a specialist service is required for looked after children placed in the borough this will be charged to clinical commissioning group for the placing authority.
For further information please contact: Caroline Hirst, Commissioning team 020 8314 3368
All notifications for missing children are screened by our Missing Children’s Liaison Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org – 020 8314 9416). If the child is looked after you will be sent a copy within 2 working days.
If the child/young person is considered to be at immediate risk of significant harm you will be contacted immediately and we may request that a strategy meeting is convened. We will attend such a meeting to share local knowledge.
Youth Offending Service
Find information on the Youth Offending Service.
Children in Care Council
Our Children in Care Council represents the views of children and young people in care. We have both a junior and senior group. There are a number of activities and events which children placed in the borough by other local authorities are welcome to attend.