Your health while in care
All children who are looked after (that means Children's Services have some responsibility for your care) must legally have a health examination when they first become looked after and then again every year.
What will happen?
You will be weighed and measured and the rest of the assessment may well only be a chat and getting to know about you.
You can bring a parent/carer with you or you may wish to be seen on your own - this is for you to decide.
If any of the information given needs to be shared with any other agency you will be told of this so that you can give your permission.
You will be given the chance to talk about any health problems or issues you have i.e. skin problems, smoking.
Who will do it?
It maybe that your own Doctor is the best person, if not, it will be a Paediatrician (a special doctor for young people) or a special nurse who works with looked after children - she won't wear a uniform
Where will it be done?
The place and date of the medical assessment will be sent to you via your carer, but if you would prefer it to be done somewhere else (within reason) or on a different day you can phone and change the time and place.
If the assessment shows you need to be referred to someone else or you need to have some treatment this will be organised.
You will also have a chance to ask any questions you have and get any health advice you want (so go prepared).
This assessment has to happen annually so afterwards let us know what we can do to make it easier
If you want to find out more about the specialist LAC health team click here to view their stunning leaflet.