Children we look after

Most children and young people in Derbyshire enjoy happy and successful lives living within their own families. If, however, families experience particular problems or stress, they can call upon a wide variety of additional support, offered by a range of agencies, to help keep the family living and working together.


Through local partnerships, such as Multi-Agency Teams (MATs), preventative approaches and early intervention strategies are deployed to prevent family breakdown and support parenting. Derbyshire is committed to providing the right support to improve outcomes for children and young people throughout the 'child's journey'.

For some children and young people though, this might not be enough to ensure their safety and well-being so, either through agreement with their parents, or through court proceedings, these children might come to be cared for by the local authority.

When this happens, we provide alternatives to their family care, for example foster care, residential care or adoption.

If you have made a private arrangement (without the involvement of the local authority) to care for someone else's child or your child to live with someone else you must let us know; there are special rules. There is more information in our section on private fostering.

Independent Reviewing Officers make sure that parents are consulted about their children's care regularly. Children are also consulted regularly. For more information see our section on children's wishes and feelings.

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