There may be situations where children can no longer live at home with their families. This could be for a number of reasons - illness; a family breakdown or break-up; or parents or carers who are unable to provide the right sort of care and protection.
Initially, we see if there are friends or relatives who could look after the child. If this is not possible or appropriate then we find accommodation for the child and they become 'looked after' by Brent Council.
They may go and live with friends or relatives, in a foster home or a residential home for a few days or weeks or longer if need be.
All these arrangements are made with the agreement of the parents who retain their parental responsibilities. Sometimes, following legal proceedings, the court may decide that a child should not live with his or her family and gives Social Services the authority to make decisions about the child's welfare and future. This will involve deciding where the child should live. This might be with the parents or within the extended family. In some cases, a permanent arrangement outside the family is best for the child.
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