Children in Care / Looked after Children

What does being a Child in Care or Looked after Child mean?

When a child or young person (from birth to their 18th birthday) is made the subject of a care order, resulting in the local authority having a legal responsibility for the child or young person. However parents continue to have parental responsibility but the local authority can limit parental responsibility if this is necessary in the interests of the child's welfare.

Legal basis:

  • Section 31 (The Children Act 1989) in care of the local authority on a care order or interim care order.

  • Section 21(2) (Children Act 1989) i.e. remanded to the care of the local authority.

  • Section 44 (Children Act 1989) an emergency protection order

 A child or young person can also become ‘looked after’ or a ‘child in care’ within a voluntary agreement with parent/s consent or request or with the young person’s request if aged 16-17 years under Section 20 (The Children Act 1989)

Both these terms have the same meaning, however evidence indicates that children and young people who have experience within the care system actually prefer the term ‘children in care’.

The Derby and Derbyshire CCG is the responsible commissioner for Looked after Children originating from Derby City and Derbyshire and work in collaboration with Derby City and Derbyshire County Council Local Authorities to act in the best interests of the child and young person.

The Derby and Derbyshire CCG commissions the statutory healthcare provision for Looked after Children originating from Derby City and Derbyshire and the teams responsible are as follows:

Derby City (Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust):

Children in Care Nursing Service, Sinfin Health Centre, Derby, DE24 3DS

Tel: 01332 888 040 Ext: 88529, 88530, 88531 or 88520

Secure email address:   

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Derbyshire 5-19yrs (Chesterfield Royal Hospital):

Children in Care Health Team, Clay Cross Clinic, Clay Cross, S45 9EE

Tel: 01246 868 868

Secure email address:

Monday to Friday  9am - 5pm

Derbyshire 0-5yrs (Derbyshire Community Health Services): 

Newholme Hospital, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AD

Tel: 01629 812 525

The Derby and Derbyshire CCGs host two Designated Nurses for Looked after Children, one aligned to Derby City and the other to Derbyshire.

The Designated Nurse for Looked After Children's role is pivotal in the strategic planning, quality assurance and performance monitoring and is essential in advising on the provision of services for vulnerable Looked After Children and Care Leavers within the health economy (RCN 2015).  The two Designated Nurses are available for general advice and support in relation to Looked after Children (not child specific), responsible commissioning queries, to act as an advocate for Looked after Children, placement/adoption notifications and general support to professionals regarding this vulnerable group of children and young people.

Designated Nurse for Derby City: Heather Peet, Safeguarding Team, Cardinal Square, 1st Floor East Point, 10 Nottingham Road, Derby, DE1 3QT

Mobile: 07825 863 091

Secure email:

Designated Nurse for Derbyshire: Alison Robinson, Safeguarding Team, Scarsdale, Nightingale Close, Chesterfield, S41 7PF

Mobile: 07825 274 196

Secure email:

Care Leavers

The Local Authority has a responsibility to support young people who leave care at 18 yrs old.  The level of support available will depend on the age entering care, length of time in care but support is available up to the age of 25 yrs old.

Care Leavers Team for Derby City originating Looked after Children:

Leaving Care Team, Curzon House, 8 Curzon Street, Derby, DE1 1LL

Tel: 01332 643 907

Care Leavers Team for Derbyshire originating Looked after Children:

2 offices:

Chesterfield office:

The Pod, Hunloke Avenue, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 2NT

Tel: 01629 532755

Heanor office :

 9 Munday Street, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7EB

Tel: 01629 532706

Last modified: 24/12/2019