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Health and social care for children and families

We provide services that protect, care for and support children, young people and their families in the borough.
Keeping children safe
Information for parents, carers, professionals and young people about recognising and reporting child abuse.
Fostering
Fostering is looking after babies, children and young people who cannot live at home with their own families.
Adoption
Could you do something amazing and change a child's future? Start your journey and adopt with us.
Female genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM), or female genital cutting, is an unacceptable practice where a girl’s genitalia are removed or cut for cultural reasons.
Assessing family and children's needs (early help)
Information for professionals on how to complete an early help assessment and run team around the family meetings.
Children with disabilities, learning difficulties or life-limiting conditions
If your child has a diagnosed disability, learning difficulty or life-limiting condition, you may be able to get help, advice or support.
Community health services
Find out about services that help children and young people keep physically healthy or manage a current health condition.
Mental health and emotional wellbeing
​Get advice and support for children, young people and families about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Residential care
Residential care for children and children's homes are there to ensure that the needs of children are met when they cannot live with their own family.
Moving from child to adult social care
The time of change from 13 or 14 up to 18 or 19 years of age (up to 24 years for some people with very complex needs) is called transition. 
Special educational needs and disabilities
There is a range of services available in the borough to support children with SEND. This is known as the local offer.
Offer supported lodging for a young care leaver
Information for people who are interested in offering accommodation to young care leavers.
Our Children and Young People (CYP) plan 2015–18
How we will continue to work with partners to improve the ives and life-chances of our children and young people.
Strategies and annual reports
Including the annual report of independent reviewing officers.
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope provides services for children and young people aged between 0 and 18.

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