Fostering, adopting and looked after children
Barnet aims to work with families so that they can care for their children at home, wherever possible. However, sometimes children are not able to live at home with their families or with other family members, so we provide care for them through foster carers or adoptive families. For very few children, who cannot cope with a family environment a children's residential home is the best option.
Barnet works to ensure that all children achieve their potential in terms of the five outcomes identified within the Every Child Matters document and the Children Act 2004, we want:
- our children to be physically and emotionally healthy
- to keep them safe from harm and protected from abuse
- them to do well at school and to enjoy their free time
- want to help them make choices and grow up into responsible members of society
- to help them become young adults who are financially secure.
You can access the following services through Barnet’s safeguarding and social care:
- children in care
- Onwards & Upwards (service for young people leaving care)
- two children’s homes
- corporate parenting
- Barnado's Advocacy Service (which provides independent advocacy)
- The Placements Team: commissions placements for children other than those provided by Barnet.
Onwards & Upwards
Supports young people in care and those who have left care from the age of 16 until age 21, and up until age 25 while they are in full-time education. As a young person you can access this support whether you live in the London Borough of Barnet, other London boroughs or outside of London.
You can arrange to meet with Barnet's Onwards & Upwards Team at the multi-agency Young People’s Centre at 34-36 Woodhouse Road, North Finchley or at other venues depending on your individual circumstances. There is an out-of-hours telephone advice service you can call during weekday evenings, over the weekend and during bank holidays.