​Location: England

Author: Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care

Year: 2015


This guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • commissioners of health services for children
  • NHS England
  • designated and named professionals for looked-after children
  • GPs, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists
  • managers and staff of services for care leavers, and personal advisers
  • teachers
  • health visitors, school nurses and any other professional who is involved in the delivery of services and care to looked-after children

It aims to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need.

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

This document replaces statutory guidance on ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children’ issued in 2009.