The Child and Family agency is committed to ensuring that children and young people are supported to live at home with their families, near their friends and schools and within their own communities.
Accordingly, the Child and Family Agency will only take children and young people into care when it has formed the view that at least for the time being, their health, development or wellbeing cannot otherwise be ensured.
When taking children and young people into care, more often than not Social Workers and the parents concerned will do so by agreement but where agreement cannot be reached, the Child and Family Agency will apply to the courts for one of a number of Care Orders to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child or young person concerned.
When this happens, every effort is made to place children and young people within their extended family (Relative Foster Care) or in a Foster Care placement.
However, this is not always possible and so at any moment in time approximately one in twenty of the children and young people taken into the care of the Child and Family Agency will be placed with Children’s Residential Services.