Principles and values

Principles and values

The quality standard for the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people is informed by the principles and values set out in the joint NICE and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) public health guidance on promoting the quality of life of looked-after children and young people (2010).

These aim to:

  • put the voices of children, young people and their families at the heart of service design and delivery

  • deliver services that are tailored to the individual and diverse needs of children and young people by ensuring effective joint commissioning and integrated professional working

  • develop services that address health and wellbeing and promote high-quality care

  • encourage warm and caring relationships between child and carer that nurture attachment and create a sense of belonging so that the child or young person feels safe, valued and protected

  • help children and young people to develop a strong sense of personal identity and maintain the cultural and religious beliefs they choose

  • ensure young people are prepared for and supported in their transition to adulthood

  • support the child or young person to participate in the wider network of peer, school and community activities to help build resilience and a sense of belonging

  • ensure children and young people have a stable experience of education that encourages high aspiration and supports them in achieving their potential.