Looked after children placed in Lancashire by other local authorities

There are a number of looked after children placed in Lancashire by other local authorities.

A letter was sent to all Directors of Children's Services and advises of the resources and facilities available to children and young people resident in Lancashire.

This letter was written on 20 February 2015 and therefore some of the links may become out of date.  Please see the links below for up to date information.

Early years, childcare and nursery provision
Health services
Child sexual exploitation / missing children
Special educational needs and disability service
Children and Family Wellbeing Service (previously children's centres)
Lancashire's children in care council
Youth offending
Advocacy services
Contact & Referral Team / MASH
Emergency Duty Team (EDT)
Local authority designated officer (LADO)


All notifications of looked after children placed in Lancashire should be sent to:

Any change of address and notifications of looked after children leaving Lancashire should also be sent to this address so we can update our records. Please ensure the notification includes any particular risks or vulnerabilities to assist staff within Lancashire in responding effectively to any issues that may arise.


When a decision has been reached to place a looked after child in Lancashire please contact the admissions team at the area education office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions and application process.

Every school within Lancashire has a designated teacher for looked after children. Their role is to promote the educational achievement of looked after children who are on the school role.

As in all other authorities, Lancashire has a virtual school for looked after children which is responsible for:

  • maximising the educational life chances of children and young people in the care of Lancashire County Council; and
  • facilitating services and support for Lancashire looked after children, young people and their schools.

The Lancashire Virtual School Headteacher works closely and mutually with Virtual School Headteachers in other authorities to ensure all looked after children and young people have appropriate school placements and educational support, and receive the CLA pupil premium grants from their home authorities wherever they reside.

Virtual School Head: Audrey Swann

Tel: 01772 532468
Email: Audrey.swann@lancashire.gov.uk

Address: Room B38, County Hall, Preston, Lancs PR1 8XJ

For more information please contact the Virtual School Administrator: Alison Brown on: 01772 531853 or email: alison.Brown@Lancashire.gov.uk

Early years, childcare and nursery provision

Looked after children aged 2, 3 or 4 are entitled to up to 15 hours a week free early education within:

  • Ofsted registered day nurseries, pre-schools or with childminders who are eligible
  • Nursery units of independent schools
  • Local authority maintained nursery classes and schools

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides information, support and advice about a range of family issues including choosing childcare that meets children's and family's needs and help with paying towards the cost.

For some families, finding or using appropriate childcare can be a challenge, for instance if they work shifts, if a child has special or additional needs, they live in a rural area or may be worried about leaving their child with someone else for a long time during the day.

We will explore and discuss all options available to help families and carers and assist in helping to think through everything that might be a worry and make sure that everyone is comfortable in the choices they make. We can also offer a range of extra support and can speak to childcare providers on parents and carers behalf's if needed.

Referrals can be made to the team by contacting us on free phone helpline: 0800 195 0137 or by email at LancsFIS@lancashire.gov.uk.

Health services

All children and young people placed in Lancashire by another local authority have access to universal health services including: GP, midwifery, school nursing, health visitor, speech and language therapy, smoking cessation and dental care and secondary health care services provided by Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. To ensure full access to these services all children should be registered with a GP and dentist.

CLA Specialist Teams

Targeted and specialist health provision is in accordance with the child or young person’s health plan and is co-ordinated by three CLA Specialist teams:

East Lancashire
Email: clateam@lancashirecare.nhs.uk
Tel: 01254 283380

Fylde, Wyre & North Lancs
Email: bfw-tr.CLA@nhs.net  
Tel: 01253 651264

Central Lancashire
Email: lcn-tr.Safeguardingcentral@nhs.net
Tel: 01772 777220

Clinical Commissioning Groups

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) will endeavour to work with the originating CCG in order to commission services to meet the child’s health needs.

To achieve this it needs to know the responsible CCG. Therefore, please provide the appropriate Lancashire CCG with the name of the originating CCG using the following NHS.net email accounts:

East Lancashire: safeguardingteam@nhs.net and safeguardingcommissioningteam@nhs.net for notifications of placements into East Lancashire.

Fylde, Wyre & North Lancs: FWCCG.Safeguarding@nhs.net

Central Lancashire: csrccg.safeguarding@nhs.net

Any costs associated with the provision of targeted and specialist health services will be charged to the responsible CCG.

Substance misuse and alcohol services:

Young Addaction

For any questions, queries or to make a referral contact the office on 0808 164 0074.

Email for information to: lancashireinfo@addaction.org.uk

Or referrals to SPOC: spoc.yalancs@addaction.org.uk

Sexual Health Services:

There is a new central sexual health service covering all of Lancashire. This includes services for young people under 25.

For more information about these services see the health and wellbeing section or the youth zone which has information for young people about sex and relationships.


The two CAMHS providers in Lancashire are commissioned by Lancashire's Clinical Commissioning Groups and the county council is an associate to these commissions. All looked after children are named as a vulnerable priority group in the contracts.

CAMHS are covered by the 'responsible commissioner guidance' and if referrals are accepted, will be charged to the original placing authority's CCG.

Child sexual exploitation / missing children

The Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has a child sexual exploitation (CSE) strategy, a multi-agency child sexual exploitation operating protocol and a joint protocol for children and young people who run away or go missing from home or care.

All agencies work together to provide a prompt multi-agency response to CSE to prevent sexual exploitation or respond to those at risk or experiencing CSE in Lancashire and to secure the prosecution of perpetrators. Key objectives include the identification and protection of those children and young people who are at most risk of being vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked and the sharing of information and intelligence in respect of adults who may pose a risk to children.

There are three dedicated, co-located multi-agency teams delivering this service:

Operation Awaken (Blackpool and Fylde; Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre)
Tel: 01253 477261
Email: awaken@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

Operation Deter (Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire)
Tel: 01772 209122
Email: deterteam@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

Operation Engage (Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale)
Tel: 01254 353525
Email: engage@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

For more information please visit: www.lancashire.police.uk/cse

A new website has also been launched for young people where they can get help or advice on a range of subjects including this one: www.trusted2know.co.uk

Recent high profile cases have highlighted the risk posed to young people placed away from their home and local services. However, if you are considering placing or have placed a child or young person in Lancashire and there are concerns that they are at risk from being vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked, then the following is important:

  • That there is a detailed care plan that addresses the specific CSE risk issues.
  • That you notify the CSE team, as above of your proposed action should the young person require immediate intervention.
  • In the event that the allocated social worker is notified by the placement provider or police of further risks needing multi agency management, you will be asked to provide an up to date care plan indicating how the young person will be protected and expectations from local services should they be reported missing from placement.

If a child is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the Police; for emergencies use 999, or for urgent/immediate reporting: 0845 125 3545 or 101 as well as making contact with Lancashire Children’s Social Care: 0845 053 0000.

The Police Missing from Home Coordinators can be contacted by email as follows:

Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde and Wyre
Email: East-MFHCO-ORDINATOR@lancashire.pnn.police.uk 

Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire
Email: South-MFHCO-ORDINATOR@lancashire.pnn.police.uk 

Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale
Email: West-MFHCO-ORDINATOR@lancashire.pnn.police.uk 

Please note that these email addresses are for non-urgent contact and should not be used to report a child missing from care.

Special educational needs and disability service

If a child or young person is looked after and has an education, health and care (EHC) plan, you must contact the SEND Service in order to share details of the SEN and educational provision required. You can find out more about EHC plans, eligibility and EHC needs assessments in Lancashire in the special educational needs and disabilities - local offer.

Contact needs to take place before a placement is made in order to support the care plan and ensure that the looked after child is not disadvantaged regarding educational provision.

SEND Service
Lancashire County Council
PO Box 61,
County hall,

Tel: 01772 532713
Email: SEND@lancashire.gov.uk

Children and Family Wellbeing Service (previously children's centres)

Our Children and Family Wellbeing Service works closely with midwives, health visitors, schools, children's social care services, private day care providers, child-minders, GP's and other local service providers to ensure the best high quality provision and continuous support to children, their families and young people.

This support is offered to families of children and young people from the age range of 0-19 years old and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities up to age 25 years. It can be provided either in group sessions or one-to one direct support.

Details are available from the Family Information Service and Youthzone.

The service also provides a confidential information and advice helpline called Talkzone which operates every day of the year from 2pm till 10pm. Young people can contact Talkzone via telephone, text, email and online chat about any issue that concerns them.

Talkzone Contact Details:

Tel: 0800 511111

Text: 07786 511111

Email: talkzone@lancashire.gov.uk

Online chat: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/get-in-touch/  

Lancashire's Children in Care Council

LINX is the name of Lancashire County Council’s participation council group for looked after children and care leavers.

Youth offending

The Lancashire Youth Offending Team (YOT) is a multi-disciplinary team comprising of workers from the Police, Probation, Children’s Social Care, Health and Education who work together with local communities. The YOT works with children and young people aged between 10-17 years who are at risk of offending or reoffending.

Team Office base Phone number
North Lancaster 01524 586630
Thornton 01524 897241
South Central Preston 01772 532047
Chorley 01257 516051
East Burnley 01282 471200
Accrington 01254 389456
Central Management Services Preston 01772 532075

Advocacy services

The Children’s Society (TCS) in Lancashire provide Children’s Rights advocacy to all children and young people who are looked after by Lancashire County Council.

They also provide advocacy on a spot purchase basis for children and young people placed in Lancashire who are looked after by other local authorities. Where applicable TCS in Lancashire provide advocacy to children affected by CSE.

Contact details:

Unit 12 Eastway Business Village, Oliver’s Place, Preston, PR2 9WT.

Tel: 01772 759 233

Contact & Referral Team / MASH

The Contact & Referral Team (CART) responds to all referrals to Children's Social Care.

Lancashire has introduced a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to further strengthen our approach to safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.

The MASH currently receives all referrals from the Police and through information sharing at the earliest opportunity, between Social Workers, Police, Health, Education, Probation and other key partners, ensures the early identification of risk and timely, coordinated response to children's needs, preventing escalation to statutory / crisis interventions.

Lancashire MASH is currently in the process of planning the second phase of its development which will involve referrals from all agencies being managed within MASH. It is envisaged that this will be in place during 2015.

If you need to contact Lancashire Children's Social Care please call: 0300 123 6720.

Emergency Duty Team (EDT)

To contact this service please call 0300 123 6720.

Local authority designated officer (LADO)

The LADO in Lancashire can be contacted on 01772 536694.

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