This page explains the duty of Children's Services under Section 17 Children Act 1989 to provide services to children in need in their area. It explains the definition of a child in need, the assessment process, child in need plans and the types of services available.
All children and young people are unique and have differing needs. Similary, parents also differ in their capability to respond to and meet their child's needs.
Children's Services are expected to provide help and support to children in their area through:
A 'child in need' assessment under section 17 will identify the needs of the child and ensure that the family are given the appropriate support in enabling them to safeguard and promote the child's welfare.
Legal definition of a child in need
Under Section 17 Children Act 1989 a child will be considered in need if:
Children in need may be: