Meet the Team
What do we do?
RDASH Looked after Children’s Health Team are responsible for developing and leading on health improvement and reducing health inequalities for Looked after Children and Care Leavers. The team coordinate the health pathway for Looked after Children placed both in an out of authority to ensure that statutory health assessments are completed within timescales, and identified health needs are actioned and tracked to improve the health and wellbeing of Looked after Children.
The Looked after Children’s Team sit within the RDASH Children’s Care Group providing service links with all children’s health service including Safeguarding, School Nursing, Health Visiting, Project 3 and Children’s Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). We work in close partnership with other health agencies and social care to improve the health and wellbeing of LAC.
We have developed a dedicated 0-19 LAC team model, the ethos of the team is to improve the quality and continuity of care for all Looked After Children and their carers with dedicated LAC practitioners who understand the physical and emotional needs of Looked After Children, and how their past experiences of trauma and neglect impact on their attachments and future health, wellbeing and development.
A named Looked after Children’s nurse is allocated on entry into care who remains with the child / young person throughout their care journey, with the exception of children moving out of area. This enables relationships to be established on entry into care and promotes the development of therapeutic relationships, which is crucial for Looked after Children and their carers. We work in close partnership with RDaSH dedicated CAMHS Specialist Looked after Children’s Practitioners, to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of Looked after Children are assessed and supported.
Looked after Children have a health assessment completed by a Doctor on entry into care. In Doncaster this is undertaken by one of our dedicated LAC GP’s. RDaSH Looked after Children’s Nursing team contribute to the initial health assessment to ensure that it is holistic and child centred.
Children aged 0-5 years will have a review health assessment every 6 months, children aged 5 -18 years are offered a review health assessment every year. Looked after Children can choose where their health assessment takes place and if they would like someone with them. This is an opportunity to discuss any worries they or their carers may have about their health. At the end of the assessment a health plan is developed in partnership with the child, young person and carer to identify what needs to happen to stay healthy and safe. We can provide support with any issues affecting the health of Looked after Children and young people including:
- Keeping healthy
- Managing health conditions
- Emotional health and well-being
- Sexual health
- Drugs and alcohol
We are happy to see Looked after Children and Young People at any time, not just when their health assessment is due. We also work closely with other health professionals and can make referrals to specialist services if required.
See below the ‘Health Assessments – What to expect’ video
We are based at Park Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Road, Balby Doncaster DN4 8QN. You can contact us via telephone, text or e-mail between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Tel: 01302 796245