Post Looked After Children Information for School Staff, Parents, and Guardians

Post looked after children are sometimes referred to as previously looked after children. More commonly they would be recognised in the following categories:

  • Adoption
  • Special Guardianship Order
  • Child Arrangements Order, previously known as a Residency Order

The majority of these children will have previously been in the care of the local authority, and would then join their new family situation under a new Court Order. Children who are returned, or reunified, with their birth parents are not in this category of Post or previously Looked After.

There are some children who are placed with extended family members under a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order. Please check with the child’s guardian as to whether they were previously in care. This may have only been for a very brief period of time, but will still count as a care episode.

The DFE and Wokingham Virtual School, recognise that the needs of care experienced children are ongoing. For this reason the remit of the Virtual school was extended to provide educational advice, guidance and signposting around the needs of this vulnerable group.

If you cannot find the information that you require please contact the Virtual School via email:

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