Adoption support

Support for adopted children


We offer a wide range of support to help adopted children through their school years.

Maria works in the Virtual School and we recently interviewed her about the support her team offer to adopted children and children in care.

The Virtual School

The Virtual School aims to raise the educational achievement and school attendance of children and young people in care and who have left care. They ensure that a Personal Education Plan is created and that your child attends a school which has had training and advice on supporting them.

For further support and guidance, view our Post-order education advice leaflet for parents, guardians and carers (PDF, 3 MB).

Pupil Premium Plus

Pupil Premium Plus is a government grant to support and promote the education of children and young people who are in care or have left care.

Find out more about Pupil Premium Plus for looked after children.

Priority school admissions

Children who are in care or who have left care are entitled to priority school admissions.

Support groups

We offer a support group for adopted children aged 7 to 11 years old. This is held 3 times a year during the school holidays.

For older children, aged 12 to 18 years old, we offer a support group every 3 months.

These groups give young people the opportunity to meet others in the same situations and talk about topics that matter to them whilst taking part in fun activities.

Contact our advice line

If you are interested in getting involved in a support group or would like more information and advice, contact our post-order adoption team.

Contact the post-order adoption team on 01494 586 626.

The advice line is available:

  • Monday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30am to 1pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:30pm to 5pm