Find out what things mean here.


This is the place where you live.


Advocacy is when you can get help to speak up for what you would like to happen in your life. The Children's Rights Officers will do this for you.


ANV is short for 'A National Voice' which is an organisation made up of Care Leavers which speaks out for Children in Care and care leavers across the country.


A job which also involves training and a college course leading to a recognised qualification.


Making sure you spend your money carefully so that you don't run out before you get paid again.

Care Plan

This is the plan for your care that your social worker writes that says what is best for you and what needs to happen to help you in the best way.

Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council is a group of Leicestershire children and young people who are in care and have left care. They meet together for fun activities and to talk about issues that matter for children in care and care leavers.


The CiCC is short for 'Children in Care Council', you can find out more about our CiCC in the 'Things to Do' section.


This means to give your agreement to something.


A message or piece of data that websites send to your computer or device to remember information used by visitors to their page. (Or nice biscuits!)

Designated Teacher

This is someone at school who has the job of making sure that looked after children in the school are doing okay, that they aren't being bullied and that they are getting on okay with work. If you are looked after and you're not sure who the designated teacher is at your school then you could ask your form tutor or get in touch with the 'virtual headteacher'.

DfE - The Department for Education

The DfE is the branch of the government in London that deals with education. They publish all sorts of advice and education laws for local authorities and schools.

Domestic Abuse

When someone is hurt, emotionally bullied or controlled by a partner (or ex-partner), girl/boy friend or close family member.


Dyslexia is a condition that affects young people (and adults) and their ability to read, write and spell. Dyslexia is considered to be a learning difficulty but is not related to how clever a person is. Dyslexia doesn't have one symptom but if you have difficulty with writing, spelling or reading - or get your b's mixed up with your d's, then you may be dyslexic and you should talk to someone about this, either your carer, Social Worker or a teacher at your school. There is plenty of help available for people who are dyslexic.


Dyspraxia is a condition that affects young people and adults and their ability to move and coordinate themselves. A person with dyspraxia may have poor coordination and balance, difficulty remembering and following instructions and can sometimes be marked as 'clumsy' - if you think that you are Dyspraxic then you should talk to someone about this and see what help might be available.


ECiC stands for Education of Children in Care Service. This team has set up your Virtual School and oversees your education to ensure that you get the best possible support at school and can reach your potential.

Educational Psychologist

Most usually called Ed Psych or EP - these are qualified psychologists and usually ex-teachers who give advice to schools and Head teachers on how to improve a young person's achievement whilst they are in school. Educational Psychologists may get involved if you need a statement of educational need (SEN).


This means things which you can expect to have by right because you are in care.

Foster Care

Where children who have been brought into the care of the local authority are looked after in a family setting in the home of the foster carers.

Further Education

This is education beyond year 11. It could be undertaken at a college or as an apprenticeship. Sometimes referred to as FE.

Higher Education

Education at University level that includes a degree, a Master's degree, or doctorate (PhD). Sometimes referred to as HE.


Vaccinations which will stop you getting certain illnesses like measles.


This is when you are able to look after yourself and no longer need any support.

Independent Reviewing Officer

This is the person who is in charge of your Review meetings and makes sure that all the plans for your care and the decisions made for you are the best they can be. They are often called IROs.


When something is paid in bits. For example the car cost £3000 so the lady paid in installments of £300 every month.