What can I do if I am not happy?
First of all, try to speak with your foster carers. If that doesn’t work and you’re still unhappy or upset, get in touch with your social worker or your foster carers’ supervising social worker and they’ll come to see you.
Living in a children's home
Warrington has six residential homes for children and young people.
The four main children’s homes can accommodate eight children. Of the remaining two, one is a short break home for children and young people with disabilities and the other is a short break unit for children on the edge of care.
All of the homes are based within different areas of Warrington. The homes are subject to Regulation 44 visits and annual inspection by Ofsted. As of the 1 August 2019, one of our main children’s home was rated as Outstanding, one as Good and two as Requires Improvement by Ofsted.
Of the additional short breaks homes, one is rated as Good and the other as Outstanding. The mainstream homes are registered to care for children in the council's care aged 8-18 and each home accommodates two young people.
One of the workers at the home will be your personal key worker.
Your key worker will spend more time with you and get to know you so you’ll be able to tell them about personal things. As well as sorting out any problems and making sure you’re okay, they’ll help you understand the rules so you can get along with everyone.
Your key worker won’t be there all the time. They work shifts, so they will be there at different times on different days. But there will be always be someone around who can spend time with you and listen to what you have to say.
Your key worker will also talk to your social worker about how things are going and help arrange for you to see family and friends. The team at the children’s home will make plans for you to get to school every day with the right uniform, kit and equipment. They will make sure that you get time and space for your homework and keep up with your interests, including clubs and teams. They will also make sure that you get regular check-ups at the doctor, dentist and optician so you stay healthy.
Adoption is a way of providing the security, permanency and love of a new family when it has not been possible for you to be raised by your birth parents or within your birth family. Adoption is a legal process which transfers parental responsibility from your birth parents to your adoptive parents.
Adoption means belonging to and growing up with a new family when you can’t live with your own. When they adopt you, your new family promise to love and look after you.