Manchester City Council

Social services Your health

What your social worker will do to look after your health

When you come into care, your social worker will get important information from your doctor, health visitor or school nurse.

This is called a ‘health assessment’ and it means they’ll know about any illnesses or disabilities and whether you need any special treatment or medical care.

Staying healthy in care

Your social worker must make sure that your health is properly looked after.

This means that:

  • you're registered with a doctor, a dentist and an optician
  • you're offered a health check every year
  • your care plan and your review both look at your health

If you’re at all worried about your body or how you feel, you can talk to your social worker, your carer, your doctor, your school nurse or the looked after children nurse – that’s a nurse just for children in care.

The doctor or nurse will keep everything you tell them private, unless you agree they can tell someone else – such as your carer or social worker – or they think you’re in danger. If they do, they’ll let you know who they’re going to tell.

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