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Children and family care

We are dedicated to supporting children, young people and families in the Dudley borough.

We may be able to help you by:

  • providing a chance to talk about any problems
  • giving information, advice, practical help and support in your home
  • helping with information about local nurseries, childminders, playgroups, parent and toddler groups, and short breaks for children with special needs
  • supporting young people with problems
  • helping people to share concerns about a child or adult’s safety or welfare with the right people

In addition to supporting families we have a duty to protect children and young people who are at risk of neglect or abuse and support them if a court decides they can no longer remain with their own family.

Adoption and Fostering

We always need adoptive families and foster carers, if you could give a child a loving home why not visit our Fostering or Adoption pages for more information.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a multi-disciplinary service providing assessments and treatment for young people who have complex and severe behavioural or emotional difficulties. The team is made up of clinical psychiatrists; clinical psychologists; social workers; nurses; occupational therapists and psychotherapists working side by side.

Referrals are via G.P's or other health professionals and via Dudley Social Services.

Children and Family Care Assessments

Children and family care assessments, what to expect and how to apply.

Children with Disabilities Services

Children with Disabilities Services support children and young people from birth to 18 years and their families/carers, where the child has a severe physical, sensory or learning disability or a long term complex health condition which seriously affects their daily living.

Dudley Children and Young People's Alliance (CYPA)

CYPA provides the overall leadership for the delivery of improved outcomes for children and young people in Dudley and their transition into adulthood.

Early help for children and families

Early Help is taking action early to provide support where problems are emerging for children, young people and their families. Early help support may be provided at any point in a child or young person’s life.

Compliments, Comments, Complaints

Help us to get it right!  We want to hear from you with your comments, compliments and complaints about our Children's Social Care Services. 

Information for children, young people and care leavers

Are you a young carer?

We provide a number of support services for young carers who are under age 18 and provide care support for a relative with a long term illness, disability or who is older and frail.

Support for care leavers

As a care leaver you are entitled to a range of support, dependant on your age and circumstances, to help you plan your next steps to independence. 

  • Contact the access team

  • What to do in an emergency - out of hours service.

    Emergency Duty Team Social Worker

    Telephone: 0300 555 8574
    Opening hours: 5.00pm - 9.00am weekdays and 24 hours a day during weekends and public holidays.

    If your situation is life-threatening please call 999.