Looked after Children Nursing Service

Providing specialist advice to support children in care, including those placed in Kent by other councils.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service is operating in a different way and will be carrying out appointments by phone. We will be directly contacting patients or you can contact us, using the details below.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Contact us

0300 123 4461

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

For all IHA & Initial Adoption Referrals (IHA & IAM): kcht.vsklacinitial@nhs.net

For all Review Adoption Referrals (RAM NP & RAM P): kentchft.LACRAM@nhs.net

For all Review Health Assessment Referrals (RHA): kentchft.LACRHA@nhs.net

For all children from an other local authority placed into Kent referrals (IHA, RHA & RAMS): kcht.OLALAC@nhs.net

Who we are

We are a team of health professionals who promote the health and wellbeing of children in care

What we do

Our LAC nursing service is commissioned across Kent to deliver health assessments for all children in care placed by Kent County Council. Clinics are held at multiple locations across the county. Health assessments are held 6 monthly for children aged under 5 and yearly for those 5 and over.

In addition to providing comprehensive holistic health assessments, the role of the LAC Nurse includes:

  • All LAC Nurses are registered nurses with additional experience and, in some cases, additional nursing qualifications, such as health visiting, school nursing, midwifery, practice nursing, district nursing and sexual health
  • Nurses participate at LAC reviews, professional meetings and network meetings
  • Attend and participate in education plans
  • Participate in children and young person wellbeing groups in partnership with colleges
  • Provide packages of care for individual children
  • Work with other agencies both within and outside of health services
  • Direct referrals to GP and specialities
  • Liaise with multi-disciplinary teams as required
  • Attend local foster carer support groups.

We also deliver health assessments focused on children in care living in Kent that are placed in the County by other councils.

How do you use this service?

For all children placed by Kent County Council referrals to be emailed by the local Social Services team as per the list of emails shown above.

For all children placed by other councils please email kcht.OLALAC@nhs.net.

Your comments

May 2020
Gravesham

Easy to talk to, everything explained well.

April 2020
 Canterbury

To be honest (staff name) has been one of the most productive people I have spoken to who was really understanding. The children both spoke to her on the phone and I was so proud of them talking about their health. She just asked the right questions to get them to talk. Even though it was on the phone, (staff name) really listened and helped me think about the children's problems differently. It's the best health assessment we have had.

March 2020
Dartford

Caring approach of the practitioner.

January 2020
Canterbury

She listened to what I was saying and was understanding. (Aged 12-18)

January 2020
Swale

(Staf name) gave my foster child the opportunity to speak openly about anything and everything.

January 2020
Dover

Good advice, convenient home visit as I do not drive. Good telephone advice throughout the year which made a difference in the care of the child.

December 2019
Shepway

Very efficient and professional.

December 2019
Ashford

Informative and friendly.

December 2019
Dartford

Very lovely nurse, good at explaining and helpful.

July 2019
Thanet

She listened to me and gave me advice with my weight, my emotional well being and my life in general. (Age 12-18)

July 2019

The person who talked to me was really helpful, kind and understanding. (Age 12-18)

July 2019
Ashford

Someone to go to to get advice and help. Lovely to talk to.

June 2019
Ashford

Factual, informative and helpful.

June 2019
Dover

We have found both nurses have been sensitive and supportive and responded to the needs of the young person.

February 2019
Ashford

Appointment was on time, information and advice very good.

February 2019
Deal

I could talk about anything. (Aged 12-18)

January 2019
Other Local Authority

[Staff Member] was very friendly , listened to me and offered to help. (Parent/Carer)

January 2019
Maidstone

All information clear, easy to understand, kind, friendly staff that are approachable, helpful.

January 2019
Tunbridge Wells

Very professional, kind staff , good explanation of procedures.

January 2019
Maidstone

I was listened to. Everything was checked before it was written. It was my words and it was true. (Age 12-18)

January 2019
Sevenoaks

[Staff member] listened well to my views and opinions. (Age 12-18)

January 2019
Shepway

[Staff member] had a calm manner despite my young person's initial challenging attitude. She managed to get more information than we thought they would willingly share. (Parent/Carer)

January 2019
Deal

Questions asked in a simple way making it easy to understand. Friendly approach put us at ease. (Parent/Carer)

June 2018
Thanet

She was really nice and really friendly and I was really happy. (Aged 11 and under)

June 2018
Shepway

Local to home. Nurse always nice.

June 2018
Ashford

The lady was caring and listened to me. (Aged 12-18)

June 2018
Gravesham

Immediately made my daughter feel at ease, so she was able to express her feelings/concerns.

May 2018
Dartford

The person i saw was really kind and funny, she listened to me and answered all my questions. (Aged 12-18)

May 2018
Tonbridge and Malling

Very friendly and welcoming. Made to feel at ease.

April 2018
Ashford

Very positive assessment, good outcomes .

April 2018
Maidstone

Helpful advice from nurse. Very positive. I felt i was listened to.

March 2018
Whitstable

The LAC Nurse who visited was very professional and extremely thorough. She has identified my children's needs and has been supportive in helping me find professionals to support them.

March 2018
Dartford

Very easy to arrange and helpful information given.

February 2018
Tonbridge& Malling

Really helpful coming to the house, very child friendly.

February 2018
Thanet

Altogether a great experience
Thank you

February 2018
Dartford

Lovely nurse, informative and polite.

February 2018
Sevenoaks

Comprehensive, kind, informative and supportive.

February 2018
Ashford

The LAC nurses are supportive, helpful, and professional at all times.

January 2018
Whitstable

Very friendly and seen on time.

January 2018
Ashford

All the questions that I had were answered and taken seriously. (Aged 12-18)

December 2016
Dover

Very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Lovely nurse - put us at ease.

December 2016
Tonbridge & Malling

Friendly and informal, which puts the children at ease, resulting in good communication and a realistic view of them and their home life.