A definition of children in need and information on the services which local authorities must provide.
Explains the procedure for making a complaint about local authority involvement with your family, and the stages in the process.
Information on care orders including when care orders are made and on the care options for children who are subject to care orders.
Explains what is meant by a ‘child in need’, when a child is not at risk of significant harm, but the family needs support. Covers how the child is assessed and what is included in a ‘child in need plan’.
Tips on what to include when writing a letter of complaint about social services involvement with your family.
Explains what to do if social services are involved with your family, covering co-operating with social services, keeping records, getting advice and how to complain.
Explains how local authorities investigate cases of child abuse, covering what section 17 and section 47 investigations are, and what happens during and after the investigation.
Explains further action you can take if your are not happy with the outcome of your complaint about local authority involvement with your family.
Rights of children and young people on family matters including adoption, getting married and the rights of parents under 16.
Explains the responsibilities of local authorities and their powers to take action, if they are involved in investigating a case of child abuse.
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