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Compass Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC)

​This service is open to all Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC) who need additional services and support due to living apart from their family. This could be working on issues of attachment through to developmental trauma, or needing to talk about things that are very worrying for the young person. 

It is also open to adoptive families and foster carers who are looking after young people. We offer foster carer reflective groups with additional training and support, and consultation to social workers / Supervising social workers/ foster carers.

Following an initial consultation and then an assessment which identifies the presenting behaviours and worries, we devise a plan of intervention that suits the needs of the young person. This will be regularly reviewed and shared with the young person and their family. 

We can make referrals to specialist therapeutic services such as family therapy, play therapy and art therapy.

 What conditions does the service treat?

​The team specialises in trauma-informed therapies for those in the team's client group.

 What support do you offer carers, family and friends?

​When cases are allocated this includes support for the system around the young people when appropriate.

 What age range does this service treat?

​0 - 18

 Service contact information

Name of Operational ManagerNeil Toplis
Service administrative address

Compass LAAC (Central and West)
Mary Chapman House
120 Hotblack Road
Norwich NR2 4HN

Compass LAAC team (Great Yarmouth & Waveney)
Northgate Hospital, Northgate Street
Great Yarmouth NR30 1BU


Administration Address

Unit 5A, Octagon Business Park
Hospital Road
Little Plumstead
Norwich NR13 5FH

Office hours (days and times)Mon-Fri 9-5
Telephone number (general)01603 721616

Telephone number (urgent)

If there is an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or call/attend your accident and emergency or GP for an urgent assessment.

 Referral information for the public

How can people get referred to this service?

If your social worker or foster carers are worried about you they need to contact the LAAC team and ask for an initial consultation. Following this consultation it may be that an initial assessment is undertaken and all the information is gathered about what it is you may need.

Sometimes other professionals write into the LAAC team and ask for an assessment but we always need to get in touch with your social worker to make sure they know about the request and to make sure they are agreeable to this consultation.

What to expect when referred (eg. How soon will I be seen? Where? What happens next?)Initially the case will be triaged and if agreed as appropriate than an initial assessment appointment will be offered

 Referral information for clinicians – information for health professionals only

​Referrals are accepted from GPs, Practice Nurses and Secondary Mental Health Professionals with a brief history and a rating scale being attached.

 Related services

​Compass  Outreach: Norfolk County Council-commissioned service supporting looked after children’s placement change and stabilisation.