Improving health outcomes for Looked After children
Evelina London is undertaking new initiatives to improve health outcomes for Looked After Children (LAC), children and young people who are taken into the care of local authorities, often because of abuse or neglect. LAC have much worse health outcomes than other children with about a third having long-term health and mental health problems.
Evelina London wants to work with GPs, hospital and community services to:
- Encourage GPs to clearly identify children as looked after when they refer them to hospital
- Raise awareness at all levels of hospital services about the health needs of LAC with the help of LAC champions, including training doctors about LAC health, reducing fragmentation in their care and offering proactive advice about keeping healthy
- Improve communication systems between hospital services, community services and social services to share information about LAC.
If you have a query or a concern about a Looked After Child, the first point of contact should be the child's social worker. However, if the query is about the co-ordination of health services for the child, please contact:
Southwark: Dr Beatrice Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 3049 8067
Lambeth: Dr Efun Johnson email@example.com
Tel: 020 3049 6037