Looked after Child Policy


Whole School Policy for Looked After Children

To promote the educational achievement and welfare of Looked After Children.


Looked After Children – LAC – are some of the most vulnerable groups in society. The majority of Looked After Children have suffered abuse or neglect and it is nationally recognised that there is considerable educational underachievement when compared to their peers, which can result in poor exam success rates in comparison with the general population with fewer Looked After Children progressing to Higher Education and following progression pathways that will lead to future economic success and well-being.

Under the Children Act 1989, a child is looked after by a local authority if he or she is in their care or provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by the authority. They fall into four main groups:

  • children who are accommodated under a voluntary agreement with their parents (section 20)
  • children who are the subjects of a care order (section 31) or interim care order (section 38)
  • children who are the subjects of emergency orders for their protection (sections 44 and 46)
  • Children who are compulsorily accommodated – this includes children remanded to the local authority or subject to a criminal justice supervision order with a residence requirement (section 21).

The term ‘in care’ refers only to children who are subject to a care order by the courts under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 – they may live with foster carers, in a Children’s Home, in a residential school, with relatives or with parents under supervision.

Children who are cared for on a voluntary basis are ‘accommodated’ by the local authority under section 20 of the Children Act – they may live in foster care, in a Children’s home or in a residential school.

All these groups are said to be ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC). They may be looked after by our local authority or may be in the care of another authority but living in ours.


Previously looked-after children are those who:

Are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales (as defined by the Children Act 1989 or Part 6 of the Social Services and Well 2 An ‘eligible’ child is a child who is looked-after, aged 16 or 17 and has been looked after by a local being (Wales) Act 2014) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order; or were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales. ‘State care’ is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.


The Link School aims to promote the educational attainment and achievement and Welfare of Looked After Children.

The Designated Persons for Looked After Children are;

Springwell Dene;

Wendy Ellison – Designated Person
Gaynor Proctor – Designated Teacher
Leanne Clark – Desgnated Teacher


Donna Walker – Designated Person
Clare Thompson – Designated Teacher 


The management committee member with special responsibility for Looked After Children is Viv Ingleton.

You can read our full Looked after Child Policy by downloading the PDF below:

  Looked after Child Policy – PDF


Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk