Children in care

When you move into a care placement, you can feel a mixture of emotions. This can include: feeling scared, anxious or stressed because you don’t know the people who you’ll be staying with, feeling lonely or isolated if you have to move to a different area, and you may feel a loss of control. 

On this page you can find factsheets, tips and information, organisations and services in West Lothian on what it means to be a young person in care, the impact it can have on your mental health and ways to improve your wellbeing. 

Let us know if you find these resources helpful. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please email westspace@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Factsheets

This factsheet from Child Line will help you understand more about what it means to be a child in care and the support available. 

Living in care from Childline

Tips and information

Here are some different tips and ideas on how to look after your wellbeing: 

Children in care and care leavers from Scie

What support can you give a care experienced friend at school – BBC Bitesize

What is adoption, fostering and the care system? from BBC Newsround

Supporting children and young people with care experience from Internetmatters.org 

Organisations and services

ere is a list of national organisations related to young people in care: 

Childline

Barnardo’s

Mind

Young Minds 

Social Care Institute for Exellence 

NSPCC 

If you are looking for support in your area, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.


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