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Children and family care

Family life and looking after children can bring much happiness and joy to people’s lives. But at certain times being in a family can be demanding and stressful and occasionally we all need a little bit of help.

In this children and families section you can find more information about how we can support children, young people and families.

We may be able to help 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 their problems
  • helping people to share concerns about a child or adult’s safety or welfare with the right people who will know what to do.

In addition to supporting families the council has a legal 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.

Dudley always needs adoptive families and foster carers, if you could give a child a home why not visit our fostering and adoption pages to find out more.

Children with disabilities services

This service supports children and young people aged 0 - 18 years and their families where the child has a severe physical, sensory or learning disability or the child has a life limiting condition which seriously affects their daily living.  information on children with disabilities services

If you suspect someone is being neglected, harmed or suffering abuse, report it.

call 0300 555 0055 or visit Dudley Safeguarding

For general enquiries call 01384 813200

Out of hours - emergency duty team

If you need to contact a social worker when offices are closed and the matter is urgent, call the out of hours emergency duty team on 0300 555 8574.

If your situation is life-threatening dial 999

more on emergency duty team