Children and Young People in Care
COVID-19: Please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices
Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
We provide a dedicated service to support children and young people who are in care. We offer care and support through our teams in East and West Berkshire.
Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.
Until further notice, we’re stopping all non-urgent face to face appointments and will offer alternative arrangements.
Depending on your needs, this could include:
- an online video consultation, similar to a Skype or WhatsApp call
- consultation over the phone
- professional advice on how to manage your own care
A member of the team will contact you to decide on the right arrangements for you. There is no need to contact us.
Our teams promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people in care by working closely with them and those involved in their care, including parents, foster carers, social workers, leaving care personal advisors, teachers, school nurses and health visitors, and GPs and paediatricians.
We also arrange statutory health assessments for children looked after by one of Berkshire’s six local authorities or placed in Berkshire by another local authority.
Referrals are usually made by social workers or health professionals but children and young people and their carers can also contact the teams directly.
Berkshire East Children and Young People in Care team
To contact the Berkshire East team (Children looked after by Bracknell Forest Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough Children’s Trust or placed in the local authority area), email BE.LAC@nhs.net or call 01753 638687.
Berkshire West Children and Young People in Care team
To refer a child to Berkshire West team (Children looked after by Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, Wokingham Borough Council or placed in the local authority area), email CICBerkshireWest@berkshire.nhs.uk or call 0118 920 7526.