Adults who will support me

Social Workers

You will have your own social worker while you are living away from home.   You can get in touch with them whenever you need them.

Your social worker will:

  • Visit you at least once a month.
  • Be a link with your family.
  • Work with you in planning your future.
  • Make sure your wishes and feelings are listened to and ensure you understand the decisions made about your care.

Foster Carers 

Your foster carer will:

  • Look after you on a day to day basis
  • Talk with you about family, health, school, friends, clothes and money
  • Help you say what you want at meetings
  • Talk with you about your wishes, hopes and fears for the future
  • Be there for you when you are upset
  • Encourage you to do well at school and at any other interest you have outside of school
  • Help keep you healthy

They should treat you the same as any other member of their family and respect your individuality.


If you are living in a residential home, or residential school, you will have a key worker. All the staff are there to look after you and for you to talk to, but your key worker is special to you. They will:

  • Give you help and support with your worries or difficulties.
  • Help you with day-to-day matters such as family, health, school, friends, clothes, and money.
  • Be at your review meetings and school meetings.
  • Help you say what you want to say.
  • Talk with you about your wishes and hopes for the future as well as your fears

Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO)

What they do for you

  • They are in charge of your Looked After Reviews and you should have the same IRO at all your LAC reviews. This is so you can both get to know each other.
  • They will meet you before the meeting to see what you want to say at your meeting.
  • They ensure care plans are right for you and approve any changes.
  • They write down and send out the recommendation from your LAC reviews.
  • They ensure that everything in your care plan is happening.
  • They ensure that everyone is focused on meeting your needs. 
  • They ensure timely and appropriate actions are taken to meet your needs.


An Advocate makes sure your views and feelings are heard and that you feel fully involved in decisions that are being made about your life and ensure your rights are met.  Advocates can also help you speak up for yourself or put your views across for you.  An Advocate can go to a meeting with you, or go on your behalf and can support you with making and resolving a complaint. Advocates work for NYAS.

What you say to your Advocate is confidential unless he/she thinks you are in danger. If they think you are in danger they will take action to keep you safe and tell you who they have passed the information on to.

If you think you would like to know more about how an Advocate could help you, ask your carers, Social Worker or check out the NYAS website.