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Social care for children

We support and provide a range of services to help children, young people and their families. The help offered depends on the individual situation.


We support families when they are experiencing difficulties.

Social workers - assess a family's needs to see what help is needed. They also offer advice and guidance and organise the services you receive.

Family resource workers - work with children aged 8 to 18 and their families where there is a serious risk of family breakdown.

Benefits advice - support to make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to claim.

Looked After children

'Looked After' means cared for by the Council. This is support for children who cannot live with their own family, either temporarily or permanently.

Looked after children's care plans are regularly reviewed by an Independent Reviewing Officer. Read the annual report of the IRO Service [PDF], which is part of the Nottinghamshire Independent Chair Service

Targeted youth support

Support for young people aged between 8 and 18 who have problems with their behaviour affecting their everyday lives.

Disabled children and their families

We provide help for disabled children and their families. The help we offer depends on the disability and the needs of the family. 

Young carers

Support for young people who take on substantial responsibility and provide care for someone else in their family.

Family services directory

Has information and contacts for a wide range of local organisations and services including childcare, activities for children with disabilities and children's centres.

Special educational needs

Support and advice for children who have special educational needs.

Job vacancies

My Future in Nottinghamshire career pathway

Whether you’re starting your career in children’s social care or are already experienced in this sector, Nottinghamshire is the place for you.

For full details explore the jobs in children’s social care website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/myfuture

Background to children's social care

Nottinghamshire Children's Trust - is a partnership of organisations that provide services to children, young people or families. They are responsible for the Pathway to Provision that defines the thresholds for accessing children's social care services in Nottinghamshire. Their webpages contain useful information for professionals about policies and plans around social care in Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board - the key body for agreeing how relevant organisations co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and ensure the effectiveness of what they do. Their pages include essential guidance on safeguarding and training on safeguarding issues.

Standards for children's social care - the standard of service you can reasonably expect from our social care services.

Policies - the policies that describe how we provide social care for children.

If you need more information about social care for children or feel you need support please contact us.

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