The Children Act 1989 puts a duty on Local Authorities, as corporate parents, to promote children’s physical, emotional and mental health and act on any early signs of health issues.

Some of our children at ISP have health problems because of historical neglect and abuse and having missed routine appointments. We work with the Local Authorities and the NHS to ensure that our children are able to access local services, and that their health needs are met.

For information about health policies and procedures for children in foster care, see our Foster Carer Handbook.

Click on the topics below for important information and advice:

Safety in the home

Childhood illnesses

Healthy eating

Alcohol and young people



Sexual health

Mental health


Click here for the NHS BMI Calculator to check that your child’s weight is within the healthy range.

Here is a helpful leaflet for parents and carers about self harm.

Some helpful websites:

Kids Health

Young Minds

Real Love Rocks

Disrespect NoBody