Being in care


Being in care can be hard to make sense of.  If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here please speak to your social worker, foster carer or email us


Find out who’s who…

The Who Cares Trust have made this really useful leaflet explaining Social Care people and workers you might meet; from Independent Reviewing Officers to the Director of Children’s Services.  The leaflet also explains what everybody does and what you can expect from them. Click here Who Cares Trust Who’s Who

Speak to your carer or worker if you want help to speak directly to one of the workers described in the leaflet.

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The Pledge is a list of promises that we make to all children and young people in care in Devon. It also tells the adults who work with children in care what they should be doing to support you. Head over to our pledge pages to find out more.

Devon Children’s Services has a Mission Statement

The mission statement was written by children in care and it is aimed at:

Working to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are in care or leaving care across Devon by

  • Providing support if it is needed
  • Sticking to the promises made to children and young people in ‘Our Pledge’
  • Fulfilling children and young people’s mental, physical, social and emotional needs

The Youth Participation Team consulted with groups of children and young people aged 11 – 19 who are under the care of Devon Children’s Services in the North, South and East of Devon.

Young people looked at examples of Mission Statements from a wide range of sectors and undertook exercises to ensure that they understood the function of a Mission Statement. They were asked to come up with a statement of their own. Next they were supported to combine their individual ideas into one super-statement. They all agreed it expressed the main purpose of Devon’s Children’s Services as they saw it. We think they’ve done a fantastic job and we think it will serve as a good reminder to social workers of why they should keep working hard and how to do the best job.


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