Your health is very important. You are entitled to a health assessment (or ‘check-up’) with a doctor when you come into care. After this you will be offered an assessment every year, usually with a nurse, until you leave care. You can tell us where and what time you’d rather be seen, and we’ll do our best see you at a time and place that suits you.
The nurse or doctor will ask you about your health and how you are getting on generally. It is not a test or exam. They will offer to weigh and measure you to see how you are growing. The doctor may listen to your heart using a stethoscope, but you won’t need to get undressed. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Looked After Children Health Team organise your health assessments but you can call 01296 566020 to speak to a nurse at any time.
Download the health assessment information leaflet for:
You can speak with the doctor or nurse confidentially. This means they will only share information with your Social Worker and carers if you agree to it, or if they are worried about the safety and wellbeing of you or others. You can be seen alone if you want to.
However, if you’d prefer, your social worker, carer or Key Worker can be there too.
When you are 17 you will be seen for your final health assessment. This is important as you will find out lots of information that may be useful for your future. Once you turn 18 you will receive a Leaving Care Health Summary. This will sum up your health over the time since you’ve been in care, and it is important you keep this safe.
Your mental health
Your mental health (also known as emotional health and wellbeing) is very important, as it affects how you feel about yourself and others, and everything you do. Moving out of your home, or moving in and out of care can be really stressful. It can also cause feelings of anger or sadness. There are people who can help you find ways to cope and take positive steps to move forward with your life and not feel so lonely.
CAMHS - mental health support from the NHS
CAMHS is a service that works with children and young people from 0-18 and with Care Leavers up until the age of 19. CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. There is more information online: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/bucks
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – anyone including your social worker, carer or teacher or doctor can refer you into CAMHS, or if you are aged 14 or older you can phone CAMHS yourself and ask for help.
The phone number for CAMHS is 01865 901951. You can phone from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
Kooth is a free, online counselling service for children and young people. It is anonymous, which means you do not have to tell the person you contact online who you are. You can sign up yourself to have an online counselling session with a trained counsellor. Kooth is available 12-10pm weekdays and 6-10pm weekends.
The website for Kooth is www.kooth.com.
Childline can help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors can support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.