What happens when a child is referred to children's social care

The aim of any social work or intervention is to help families remain together but, where families are unable to provide effective and safe care for their children, we may need to make alternative care arrangements.

A team will work with the child or young person and their family and other agencies and organisations to ensure the services provided meet the particular needs of the child and their family.

Before providing any services we will carry out an assessment of need which takes into account the ability of the child's family to meet the child's needs with the support already available to them from relatives and from other services.

A social worker may refer a family for a family group conference - a meeting of family members, and sometimes family friends, to make a plan or a decision to resolve issues that affect a child or young person.

A social worker will give ongoing advice and support to families they work with and will review services regularly.