Contact with family

The law is pretty clear.  It says that local authorities have a ‘duty’ to allow ‘reasonable’ contact between children in care and their parents.  But it’s important to remember that your social worker’s top priority is to keep you safe.

If you’re not allowed to see your family your social worker should explain why.

The kind of contact you’ll get depends on your situation.  You might be left alone, or a member of children’s services might have to be present (that’s called supervised contact).

You should also know that your carers must never cancel planned visits or contact with your family as a punishment.

And, at all times, your wishes and feelings about contact must be thought about by your social worker and carers.
Contact with your family will happen:

  • If it is safe.
  • If you want it.
  • If your family wants it.