What if a child does not fit the Children Act 1989 definition of a disabled child but the child and family still need help?
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Remember, children’s services departments:
- Must provide a range and level of services available to help children in need and their families (section 17(1) Children Act 1989).
- And they should carry out a child in need assessment where the parent or carer requests this.
This means even if a child is not accepted as being a disabled child, they may still be a child in need. And children’s services can still be asked to carry out a child in need assessment.
See our Child in need page for more information.
Early help services may also be available. See our Early help page for more information.