This guidance is for:
- local authorities
- commissioners of health services for children
- NHS England
- designated and named professionals for looked-after children
GPs, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists
- managers and staff of services for care leavers, and personal advisers
- health visitors, school nurses and any other professional who is involved in the delivery of services and care to looked-after children
It aims to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need.
Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.
This document replaces statutory guidance on ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children’ issued in 2009.