Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is really important to us and we want to make sure you have access to facilities and services so that you feel healthy and fit. Support includes:

Annual health assessment and check ups

If you’re a looked after young person, you will have an annual health assessment, which is usually undertaken by one of the looked after children’s nurses.

Once you have turned 18 years old, your nurse will send you a copy of your health passport summarising your health immunisations and general health review.

It’s really important that you also have regular health check-ups and your personal adviser can help you to register with universal services, such as a GP, dentist and opticians.

Free prescriptions if you need to pay for them until your 25th Birthday.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

As your corporate parent we want to give you access to our employee assistant program, this offers you with a range of support 365 days a year 24/7, including:

  • Debt and money management advice
  • Legal aid and employment law
  • Career issues
  • Bereavement
  • Home and workplace relationship problems
  • Childcare and eldercare
  • Confidential counselling for any stress related problem, including violence (violent incidents must also be reported to your supervisor or line manager)
  • Flood advice and guidance.

How can I contact the EAP service?

If you would like to speak to a specialist, in confidence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Call 0800 028 0199 (freephone).

There is no limit to the number of times you can use the telephone service.

Mental health support

Good mental health is just as important as physical health and we want to make sure you understand how you feel and get help if you need it.

If you’ve been seeing somebody at the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHs) you may need to transfer over to an adult’s worker. Your personal adviser can help you with this if your CAMHS support has not already done so.

Keeping fit and well

  • Care leavers can access a free gym pass and a plus one (which means you can nominate a friend who will receive a free pass) for facilities run by Be Well Leisure Centres. Speak with your personal adviser if you want to access a pass or for more information
  • Help to improve and protect your health - Support services for losing weight, alcohol and drug support, smoking, sexual health and more
  • Check out our sport and healthy living section to find out about facilities, activities for young people, sports and getting outdoors

Worried about your health?

If you’re worried about your health, whether it relates to diet, alcohol or substance use, your personal adviser can offer you support. This may include taking you to an appointment, or referring you to a specialised support team.

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