23-27 Lanswoodpark Business Centre, Broomfield Road, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex CO7 7FD 01206 372 300

Welcome to the Looked After Children’s Team in Colchester

The service provides expert support and advice to ensure that the health needs of this vulnerable and highly mobile group of children and young people are met effectively.

More about us

The service undertakes work with children and young people who have complex needs as appropriate. It provides service information, training and clinical development and feedback from service users. It works closely with other services and partner agencies, and specific care needs may be delivered in collaboration with these services.

Examples of this are:

  • Behaviour management
  • Parenting
  • Addressing mental health issues of all ages
  • Enuresis
  • Continence
  • Special needs
  • Sleep management
  • Complex health needs
  • Psycho social issues
  • Sexual health
  • Healthy living

It receives weekly information on newly accommodated children and young people and ensures that key practitioners are aware of new and changed placements. Statutory health assessments are co-ordinated and monitored to ensure that staff are adequately trained and supported. Close liaison across the country ensures that the health needs of children and young people placed from north east Essex continue to be met in out of county placements.

The Named Nurse for Looked After Children provides training and information for foster carers, and multi-agency staff working with looked after children.


Please type in your starting point in the box below to give you directions to the service location.

How do people access the service?

Children are referred to this service by a number of agencies. As with Children’s Community Services, referrals might come from foster carers, general practitioners, practice nurses, social care, education, voluntary agencies, parents/carers, Child Medical Officers, hospital services, physiotherapists, speech therapists, children’s centres, specialist nurses , community paediatric teams, early years settings and schools (this list is not exhaustive).

Where to send a referral

Please email vcl.essexne-lac@nhs.net

Or send your referral to:
Looked After Children’s Team
656 The Crescent
Colchester Business Park

Telephone details:

  • Looked After Children’s Named Nurse – 07717 677423
  • Health Advisor for young people leaving care – 07770 323456
  • LAC Administrator – 07977435103

Where is the service provided from?

The Looked after Children team is based at 656 The Crescent on Colchester Business Park and works across both the Colchester and Tendring areas. Children and young people are seen in a variety of locations including schools, local health clinics or in their placements.

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Our commitment to you

Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality. Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can. Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.

Your opinion really matters to us

Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms or telling a member of the team. Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section.

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I was treated with great care and understanding. The care I received was second to none; everyone was so lovely.

Sapphire Ward, Gravesham Hospital