Children and family care

Protecting children

Social workers will assess the needs of the family and advise on suitable services which would help them. If the services are available, they will then try to put parents and children in touch with them. They can also provide direct help to families in the form of advice, practical assistance, guidance and counselling. In exceptional circumstances Social Services may apply to the courts to remove a child, usually on a short-term basis, if he or she is at risk of significant harm.

We have a legal duty to make enquiries if we receive information that a child is at risk of significant harm. If you have concerns about a child’s welfare please contact Social Services