Reviews for looked-after children: a guide for parents

Information about looked-after children reviews, including what happens at the meetings, where they take place and who can attend.                  

What is a looked-after child review?

A looked-after child (LAC) review is a regular meeting that brings together those people who are closely concerned with the care of your child. It is an opportunity to:

  • Review your child’s care plan – the document which sets out how your child will be cared for while they are looked after
  • Discuss your child’s progress
  • Make plans for the future.

How often review meetings happen

The first review must be held four weeks after your child becomes a looked after child. If your child remains looked after, there must be a second review no more than three months after that. 

Further reviews must be held at least every six months.

Where are the review meeting held

The reviews are usually held in the place where your child is living, but are sometimes held at the Children and Young People’s Service locality office in Canning Town.