Jargon Buster

Adults use all sorts of words when they talk to you but you may not always understand what they are talking about. Below we explain what these words mean.


A Care Leaver is any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). This care would have been made by the local authority through a court order or on a voluntary basis. It can range from as little as a few months to someones whole childhood (18 years). The care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes) or other arrangements outside the family (Care Leavers Association, 2014).


Care Plan

A care plan is written with you. It includes what your needs are whilst you are in care and what needs to be done to meet those needs.



CiCC stands for Children in Care Council. This is a group of children and young people who are in care or are care leavers.



Contact enables you to stay in touch with the people who are important to you such as family and friends.



Discretionary means you will not automatically get this. You will need to meet certain criteria.


Health Assess

When you come into care you will have a Health Assessment every 12 months. Sometimes this may be more often if needed.

A Health Assessment is a chance to meet and thing about your health and any needs you may have.

This includes any of the following you may want to have support with such as:-

  • How you are feeling including if there is anything worrying you
  • Checking  your height + weight ….only if you want it checked

After your Health Assessment a Health Plan will be agreed with you if one is needed.


Health Plan

A Health Plan will be agreed with you after your Health Assessment.

This will include actions – discussed and agreed with you – to make sure your health needs are met whilst you are in care.

The details of your Health assessment do not have to be shared with your social worker or carer or at your Review.

The information shared on your plan is only what you would be happy to have included.

No one needs to know about the details of your Health Assessment, or what is in your Health Plan if you don’t want them to unless there are concerns about your safety or you being harmed in anyway.



When you come into care you will have an Independent Reviewing Officer – sometimes this is shortened to IRO so it is easier to remember.

It is the IRO’s job to make sure that you are being well looked after while you are in care. Your IRO will do this by regularly having meetings with you and the people who care for you. These meetings are called Reviews.



LAC stands for Looked After Child/Children and is a term used by professionals for a child or young person who may be in care.



MOMO is an app that  OVOS are championing and encouraging the corporate parent board to use for children and young people to engage in their reviews, conferences and meetings and ultimately be heard by professionals.



Stands for Our Voice, Our Service and is the new name for the Children in Care Council. Young people thought of the name and voted for it.



All children who are in care should have a Personal Education Plan (sometimes called a ‘PEP’), to make sure you get the education YOU need and that you get the best out of going to school.

Your plan will make sure all your needs are met so that you get the best out of going to school.



Your placement is where you will live whilst you are in care and living away from your family. Your placement maybe with foster carers or with other family members such as your grandparents. Sometimes children and young people may live in a Children’s home when it will be the best way to meet their needs.



A Review is  a way  to make sure everyone is doing what they should be doing to help you while you are in care. It is also a time when we can agree plans for your future. Your first Review meeting will take place within 4 weeks of you coming into care so you will have an IRO  soon after coming into care.



UASC is a term used to describe an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Child. Ultimately, a child who has come to the UK, alone or without their family to escape war or other persecution in their home country.