Looked after children (children in care)

Children in care

We offer support to children and their families facing difficulties in their lives. We provide a purchased service for children, young people and families who are in need of support.  The Commissioning Strategy explains our approach and how we do this.

The aim of the Commissioning Strategy is to 

  • secure better outcomes for children and young people in Fife. 


This strategy is for all those interested in developing and providing services in Fife. It reflects the vision and values of Fife Council’s Social Work Service to: 

  • protect and support children who are vulnerable, at risk or in trouble;
  • to develop to their full potential and maximise their quality of life;
  • help children live with their families;
  • in their own communities; 
  • when the above is not possible, to ensure that they have the best quality of care
  • work in partnership with other agencies and service providers to achieve the above aims.

We also offer long-term support, care planning and protection for children and young people who are looked after by Fife Council or who are vulnerable and need services for longer periods.

Just as a parent's responsibility for their child doesn't stop when they leave home, local councils have are responsibility to look out for the welfare of young adults even after they leave its care.

Help and support can include:

  • finding the right kind of accommodation
  • help getting into college
  • help finding work

Above all, we want to prevent young people experiencing poverty, disadvantage and exclusion by improving the support they receive when they leave care.

If you have concerns about a child please do not hesitate to contact us.

Residential Care for young people

Residential accommodation in Fife is in the main provided in houses for four or five children.  This is an alternative when a young person(s):

  • can't live with their own family; and 
  • or when foster placement is not an option.

There are 7 small community houses in total.  Two of these also offer respite care to children and young people with : 

  • a learning disability; or 
  • when there is a need for nursing care.

We are also responsible for the coordination when placing children in private residential homes.  We do not manage these homes.  It is with placements outside of the area.

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