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What services are available?

We provide a range of services to support families and to try to keep them together when they are experiencing difficulties. These include:

Social Workers

Social Workers are based in local offices and hospitals. They will do an assessment, to see what help we can offer you.

They also offer advice and guidance, and will organise the services you receive.

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Family Centres

Family Centres are staffed by family workers (who will be qualified nursery nurses). They are for babies and children up to the age of eight, parents, grandparents, carers and any other family members who want to join in.

Services include:

  • playgroups
  • toy libraries
  • after school clubs
  • informal 'drop in' sessions, where parents can meet and make friends
  • information and advice about parenting skills, children's health, etc.

Family centres are also used for specialist work with families where there are serious problems.

For more information about Family Centres, you can drop in or phone your local Family Centre.

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Family Resource Workers

There are two teams of family resource workers, who work with children aged 8 to 18 and their families. Family Resource Workers work with families where there is a serious risk of family breakdown.

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Practical assistance in the home

This may be provided by Care Assistants to help parents look after their children. This could be because of a parent's health problem, or because the child needs extra care.

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