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Looked After Children Service  (Hounslow)

About the service:

The Looked After Children’s Health Service aims to support the health and well-being of children or young people who are looked after by the local authority, during their time in care.

It is a legal requirement for all children/young people who become looked after to have a health assessment – which the Looked after Children’s Health Team provides. 

During the health assessment, the child or young person will have the opportunity to talk about issues relating to their health - such as diet, exercise, healthy living and risk-taking behaviour.

Further information about health assessments is provided below, while more detailed information is available in the PDF leaflets on this page.

What happens in the health assessment?

A healthcare professional will conduct the health assessment. Initial appointments will be with the community paediatrician. 

Reviews will be completed by either a specialist nurse for looked after children, or the community paediatrician. 

At the health assessment, the child/young person’s foster carer will be asked if there are any health and well-being concerns such as general health, hearing, vision, dental and behaviour.

Records are checked to ensure that immunisations are up to date. Concerns about emotional health will also be discussed.

If the child is seen by a paediatrician, they will have a general medical examination including weight and height and a developmental assessment for pre-school children.

When is the health assessment done?

The health assessment must be undertaken within the first month of the child becoming looked after by a foster carer.

If the child has had a health assessment or a medical within the last three months then this information may be sufficient and a further appointment may not be required.

If the child remains in care, health assessments will take place every six months for children under 5 years, and every twelve months for children between 5 and 18 years.

What will be the outcome of the assessment?

A plan will be drawn up to ensure that the child will stay healthy, enjoy achieving and attending school, and stay safe. The foster carer will be sent a copy of the health plan. 

How is the health assessment arranged?

An appointment may be arranged either by letter or a telephone call.

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  Useful links:

Drug and alcohol support

National Drugs Helpline:

0800 77 6600

VISIONS

(Drug and alcohol services for under 18s):

020 8583 6440

Counselling and advice

Childline:

0800 1111 (24 hours)

Samaritans:

0845 790 9090

Hounslow Youth Counselling Service HYCS:

020 8568 1818

Sexual health

Brook Advisory Centre:

0151 709 4558

www.brook.org.uk

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: 

0300 330 0630

Worth Talking About:

0300 123 2930

www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout

Smoking

NHS Smoke Free:

www.nhs.uk/smokefree

Hounslow Stop Smoking Service:

www.hrch.nhs.uk/hounslow-stop-smoking

020 8630 3255

Activities and advocacy

Youth Empowerment Service (YES)

020 8583 2316

Coram Voice

www.coramvoice.org.uk

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the team on: 

  • Heart of Hounslow office: 020 3771 6101

  • The Spot (St. John’s Road) office: 020 8583 2442

  • Email: lac.hounslow@nhs.net

 

Staff contact details:

  • Vicky Fraser - Specialist Nurse for Looked After Children
    Mobile: 07538 795321

  • Patricia Ritchie - Specialist Nurse for Looked After Children
    Mobile: 07387 258305

Address details:

Heart of Hounslow

Specialist Children’s Services
Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
92 Bath Road   Hounslow   TW3 3EL

The Spot

Children's and Adult's Services
London Borough of Hounslow
The Spot – St. John’s
78 St. John’s Road
Isleworth
TW7 6RU


Office opening times:

  • Monday to Friday:  9am-5pm

 

Children are referred into this service by their social worker. 

Parents, foster carers, as well as looked after children in Hounslow -  can contact the Specialist Nurse for Children in Care for advice and information more flexibly without referral:

 

  • Meenal Chaggar – Medical Advisor for Looked After Children
  • Vicky Fraser – Specialist Nurse for Looked After Children
  • Patricia Richie – Specialist Nurse for Looked After Children
  • Shirley Brooks – Senior Team Administrator
  • Smreeti Gautam – Team Administrator