Welcome to the Virtual School’s page on Previously Looked After Children, here you can find information, resources and routes to support for parents/carers and professionals.
Virtual Schools are required to provide advice and guidance in the support of the education of Previously Looked After Children (PLAC). If you would like to know more about the role of the Virtual School and how schools can support Previously Looked After Children, please follow this link
Information regarding Pupil Premium funding for Previously Looked After Children
For more detail about this aspect of Pupil premium, please refer Accessing Funding page on the Staff tab of this website where you will find links to the Conditions of Grant 2021-22, and Somerset’s Pupil Premium Policy which has a specific section relating to the funding allocated to some Previously Looked After Children.
Education Planning for PLAC
Although not statutory like the Personal Education Plan is for Children Looked After, Somerset Virtual School offers a pro forma to scaffold an education planning meeting for Previously Looked After Children, the EPPLAC. This document is not part of the ePEP system. A copy of the pro forma can be downloaded via this link
The Virtual school does not monitor or quality assure these plans but they are often helpful in mapping the situation and identifying possible ways forward where there are educational issues for a child or young person who has been in local authority care, or subject to a Child Arrangement or Special Guardianship Order
Kinship Care is where family, friends or connected persons are caring for a child or young person when birth parents are unable to. There are two ways in which this can be achieved legally in terms of the following: –
- Special Guardianship route which is similar to adoption, whereby decision making parental responsibility for the child/young person is taken with support from the Local Authority only as and when needed. Special Guardianship Orders are granted in court.
- Connected Persons fostering route whereby assessment, supervision and support is provided as with mainstream foster carers. Decision making parental responsibility is usually held by the Local Authority and Foster Carers are approved through an internal Local Authority process.
In Somerset we have a Kinship Team who carry out Connected Person Foster Carer assessments and support Special Guardianship applications. They can also provide support for Special Guardians, family members and professionals.
For more information or advice and support on specific issues please telephone the Kinship Duty number 01823 358222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information about the Kinship Team can be found here.
If you need advice and guidance regarding Previously Looked After Children please email PLACInclusionSomerset@somerset.gov.uk and your query will be directed to the appropriate person.