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3.8.3 General Practitioners, Dentists and Opticians


This procedure applies to all Looked After Children.


  1. Notifications and Registrations with GP's, Dentists and Opticians
  2. Appointments with GP's, Dentists and Opticians

1. Notifications and Registration with GP's, Dentists and Opticians

As soon as a child is placed in the Looked After Service, the social worker should arrange for the Health Trust in the area where the child is placed to be notified, and to arrange for the child's Health Care Assessment.

The social worker must additionally ensure, for all Looked After Children, that the child is registered with a GP, Optician and Dentist, preferably retaining registration with a practitioner known to the child. The social worker should liaise with the carer to make these arrangements.

Details of the registration or any changes must be recorded, by the social worker, in the Placement Information Record.

2. Appointments with GP's, Dentists, Opticians

If children appear to require or request it, appointments should be made for them to see their GP or other medical practitioners as appropriate.

When appointments are made, account should be taken of the child's wishes, for example, to see a practitioner of a preferred gender. Also, appointments should preferably be made which do not disrupt the child's education.

Parents and the child's social worker should, if possible, be consulted before making appointments; and they should be informed of the outcome.

See Consents Guidance.

As appropriate, the Placement Information Record should be updated to take account of these appointments.

For children placed in foster homes, these details must also be recorded in the relevant child's Daily Record.