What should children’s services do first after a child in need assessment has been requested? And can help be given before the assessment has finished?
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Children’s services should decide certain things within one working day (see Working Together 2018 at page 33, paragraph 78). These things are:
- Confirm the request has been received, and then decide:
- Whether the child needs any immediate services or immediate protection
- Whether to start an assessment
- What type of assessment it should be.
If children’s services agree a child in need assessment should be done, then a social worker should be allocated to do that work.
See our Child in need page for more information about what should happen during and following a child in need assessment.
Can help be given to a disabled child and their family before a child in need assessment is finished?
So, if needs are identified at any stage, support should be provided for the child and family as soon as possible. A parent or carer can tell the social worker if they feel support needs to be put in place urgently. Assessments can be done quickly if necessary.