What does it mean? – R


This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

These are the entries for R. You can see other entries by clicking the letters below.




This is a process by which a person comes to have more and more extreme political, social or religious views that go against or challenge widely held ideals of freedom of choice and expression. For more information visit the NSPCC website.


REACH stands for Reducing Exploitation and Absence from Care or Home. REACH supports young people up to the age of 17years, who either run away or who may be at risk of, or experiencing, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) or criminal exploitation. REACH is a team of specialist Youth Workers and Social Workers who work directly with young people to help them recognise risks and keep themselves safe. REACH understands that running away and exploitation are both difficult subjects for young people to speak about, so the workers spend time with young people talking about things that worry them and move at the young person’s pace.

Residence Order

A residence order establishes where a child will live and a contact order sets out who the children should spend time with. Residence orders are now referred to as child arrangement orders in Court, but many people still refer to them as residence orders and contact orders.

Residential Homes

Most children in care will go to foster homes – it’s the closest thing to ordinary family life. Sometimes it may only be possible for a child to live in a residential home or children’s home. These are still safe and happy places to live where you will meet other young people in the same situation as yourself. Depending on the situation, for some young people, they are the best option. There is one secure unit in Devon, Atkinson Unit, for when the courts decide a Secure Accommodation Order is needed.


This term is sometimes used when talking about children. You may have heard the phrase ‘High resilience’ or heard someone say that a child is ‘very resilient’. It describes how well a child or young person copes with stress and change, and how quickly they can adapt to new challenges and learn to cope and succeed. High resilience is considered to be good and low resilience can make some adults worry about how you will cope with stress and change in your life.


It’s a meeting which includes the young person and is chaired by the Independent Safeguarding and Reviewing Officer and it’s where the care plan is reviewed to make sure that all needs of the young person are being met and that they are happy and settled.

Reviewing Officer

This is the person who manages your care, child protection or pathway plan and chairs your reviews. It’s the person who checks to see your social worker is doing what he/she said they were going to do, who can ask for changes to be made to your plan and who will try to make sure that you know what is happening. If you do not know who your IRO is, you should ask your keyworker, foster carer or social worker.

Risk Assessment

This is a document written by social workers and people who work with children. It’s about any possible dangers and what steps to take to minimise any danger. Risk assessments are also written for events and for buildings.