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Child in need assessment

This is an assessment carried out by children’s services to see whether a child is a child in need of extra help (as defined by Section 17 of the Children Act 1989).

If the social worker decides the child is a child in need, they will draw up a child in need plan. This will set out what extra help will be given to the child and their family by children’s services and other local agencies (e.g. the school and local health services).

The plan should also specify:

  • What outcomes are expected (i.e. what changes are expected in the child’s life as a result of the help that will be given)
  • What is expected of the parents
  • When and how the child in need plan will be reviewed.

For more information see our advice pages on:

Child in need

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