Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC)

Key Staff

Jacqui Tarry: Designated Teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children;

Karen Rafferty: LAAC Mentor;

Nathan James: PP Champion.


Looked-After Children

A child ‘looked-after by a local authority’ is one who is looked after within the meaning of section 22 of Children Act 1989 or Part 6 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014;

Previously Looked-After Children

A previously looked-after child is one who is no longer looked after in England and Wales because s/he is the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live, or when the child is to live with any person, or has been adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales; and

Children in State Care

A child is in ‘state care’ outside England and Wales if s/he is in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other organisation the sole or main purpose of which is to benefit society.

Looked-After and Adopted Children (LAAC)

This is the term used at Maplewell to describe any child who is Looked-After, Previously Looked-After, or in State Care as described above.

COMPASS Support for LAACs

Karen Rafferty: LAAC Mentor

All children identified as a LAAC will be assigned to Karen's caseload and she will mentor them.

A mentor will meet regularly with each LAAC and will establish a relationship with carers too.

As the LAAC mentor, Karen will provide on-going pastoral support to meet any additional needs.

External Support

The Beacon: Leicestershire's online community for children in care and care leavers.

Get information and advice about being in care and leaving care. Share success, experiences and ideas. Find the latest news, views, events, and entertainment. Connect and communicate with others.

Click here to go to The Beacon homepage.