Children in care means children who have had a full or interim care order, or children who are or have ever been accommodated under Section 20/22 of the Children Act 1989. This includes children who have been subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. You can find further information in the children in care policy.

Children who are or have been in care are usually given the highest priority for admission to Dorset schools.

An application for a child in care should be completed by the person or local authority with responsibility for the child. Evidence that the child is or has ever been in care must be sent with the application from. This should be a copy of the adoption order and confirmation letter from the authority that last looked after the child. The Children in Care Guide will provide help and guidance for parents, carers and social workers through the application process.

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