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Children in care and care leavers

We are responsible for caring for children and young people who cannot stay with their own families up until they reach the age of 25. We also support care leavers and care experienced young people.

Being in care

In some instances where there isn’t enough safety in the child’s family, it may be necessary for a child of young person to come into care to be looked after by us.

Support for young people leaving care

Find out what support we can offer to young people leaving our care.

Corporate parenting

When a child comes into care, the council becomes the Corporate Parent. This means there is a shared responsibility across the council to ensure that children and young people in our care or leaving care are supported.

Children in care council

For Lewisham's young people who have experience of being in care.

Children looked after placed in Lewisham by other local authorities

Information about the resources and facilities available for children looked after and care leavers who may be placed in the borough by another local authority.
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