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G219 Looked after children’s experiences of nursing in a social care context
  1. L Graham-Ray
  1. Safeguarding and Quality, Central London Community Health Care Trust, London, UK


Looked after Children is a term introduced by the Children Act (1989) which refers to all Children in public Care, including those who may live at home with their parents but who are the subject of Care orders. There were 67,050 Looked after Children in England and Wales at 31 March 2012 (DfF 2012). This figure has been rising over the last few years. As Looked after Children’s nurse I have become very interested as to why, and what it is about being a nurse, that makes a difference to Looked after Children and Care Leavers. I would like to understand some of the reasons why they are happy to see us and let us help them with their health issues. This study examines research what it is about nurses working in social Care that makes a difference to Looked after Children and Care Leavers health, but perhaps more importantly what do Looked after Children and Care Leavers think about this and what do they say about it when asked?

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