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Your education

You won't stop going to school just because you're in care. It's really important that you keep learning, and seeing your teachers and friends.

We know that when you go into care it can feel like lots of things are changing and you can't stop them. So we'll try our hardest to make sure you don't have to change schools. If you do, your social worker, and your key worker or foster carers, will give you loads of support to make sure it goes okay.

Don't worry about everyone finding out you're in care. People don't have to know unless you want them to. There are just a few people who the rules say we definitely have to tell.

The first two people we have to tell are your head teacher, and your class teacher or form tutor. They'll always be really careful not to talk to you about being in care in front of people who don't know.

Sometimes we'll have to tell someone else from your school if they need to know so they can help you and look after you.

The last person who we have to tell is someone called a 'designated teacher'. That's a teacher who has a special job to look out for all the children in care in your school. Someone will tell you who they are, so you can talk to them if you need to.

The designated teacher has to make sure that children in care aren't treated differently. And that they learn as well as they would if they weren't in care.

They also know a lot about how children in care feel, like being confused or sad or angry about what's happening to you. You can ask to talk to the designated teacher if you need to.