Looked after children

The Promise Tree

The Promise Tree was develop from listening to young people’s thoughts and wishes about being in care in Darlington. This is a set of promises that Darlington has made to all children in care.

Open the Promise Tree [pdf document]

Your guide to being in care

These guides are for children and young people who are in care.

They will help you to understand some of the changes in your life right now and help to answer any questions you may have.

Your Social Worker or Foster Carer should give you one of these guides. If not please feel free to download and print a copy out to keep.

If you have any questions about the guides or if you have a question the guide does not answer please email us at [email protected]

Darlo Care Crew

“Darlo Care Crew” are Darlington Children in Care Council, a group of young people in care who come together regularly, to look at issues that affect children in the care of Darlington Borough Council. Working with the Council, we make decisions which help to make the lives of young people in care better.

What's on Darlo Care Crew (DCC)?

If you are interested in attending any of the below meeting please contact [email protected] or give him a ring on 07949 518506

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Things to do in Darlington

Live card

Did you know you can get free leisure with the Live Card? If you don’t have a card ask your Social Worker.

With the Live card you can access for free:

  • casual swimming
  • swimming lessons
  • access to Under The Sea soft play
  • access to Move More sport & activity sessions
  • free induction and access to Dolphin Centre
    Gym (age and time restrictions apply)

For terms and conditions see the Darlington Live Card fact leaflet [pdf document] 

The Max Card

Free or discounted entry to loads of great attractions [external link]

Arts and Culture Head, Heart, Hands Darlington

Head, Heart, Hands Darlington project [external link]

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Have your say

Mind of My Own

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One way to have your say and share your views is through Mind Of My Own. The One app is a communication tool created by Mind Of My Own which makes it easier for you to express your thoughts, experiences, good news and report any problems to your Care Team

Have a look at this guide to see how to download and use the app (Young Person Poster & Guide to Download pdf) or watch this short video [external link] . Don’t forget when signing up you will need an email address and remember to select Darlington Children Service’s.

As with all apps it’s important to protect your privacy so make sure you log out when finished & don’t share your password with friends or strangers. Also remember if you send in a statement outside of working hours (Mon-Fri 9am till 5pm) it will not be looked at by a member of the LATC Team till the next working day.

If you need any help with Mind Of My Own speak to your Social Worker or email [email protected]

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Who’s who in Children’s Services and what do they do?

Link to the Who's who document [pdf document]


Choices Together years 10 &11 an opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a university student.

The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership [external link]

Is Higher Education for me?

Propel - Higher Education guidance [external link]

Darlington virtual school

Our role is to:

  • Promote the Educational Achievement of children looked after by Darlington Borough Council
  • Ensure that Pupil Premium Plus funding is used effectively to promote their education progress
  • Provide expert advice, guidance and training to professionals and carers involved with looked after and previously looked after children.

Darlington Virtual School works with looked after children and young people aged 2 to post 16.

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Do you know your Rights

Your Rights Explained

  • IMO [external link] was created by the Children’s Commissioner for England
  • IMO [external link] is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff!

Children's Rights in England [external link]

Leaving Care

Your pathway plan says how the council will help you prepare to live independently

What’s a pathway plan and why is it important? [pdf document]

The council has a duty to provide the following financial assistance once you turn 18

Financial support for Care Leavers [pdf document]

Are you willing to accept support and do not want, or are not ready, to live alone?

Supported Lodging what is it who is for? [pdf document]

Stay safe when using the internet and other forms of electronic communication

What is an IRO and what is a Looked After Review?

 What is a Looked After Review? [pdf document]

If you are not happy about something what can you do?

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Why not join Darlo Care Crew?

If you are aged 9 and above and in care in Darlington you can join Darlo Care Crew. If you want to know more about “Darlo Care Crew” or want to take part in helping to change things for the better you can get in touch with us through:

Andy Whittam
Participation Officer
07949 518506
[email protected]

Other useful links

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