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Dudley Council the historic capital of the Black Country
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Services for children and families

We are committed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need, ensuring that they achieve the best possible life chance outcomes.

We are here to offer services and support to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community. These include children in care, children with disabilities, and victims of abuse. We also support their families and carers, as well as young people who are themselves caring for someone else, such as a parent, a brother or sister or a grandparent.

We can advise where young people can go if they need help, for example, regarding bullying, feeling depressed, getting into trouble with the law, drugs and alcohol, HIV and Aids, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.

We work with local health teams, Connexions and the voluntary sector as well as our colleagues in Youth Offending Team, Education, Housing and youth services; so if we can't help, we probably know someone who can.

Family and Adolescent Support

We have a range of services for families who are experiencing difficulties in parenting their children, we work in a solution-focused way by encouraging families to recognise their own strengths and resources. 

Prevention and Intervention service

A rapid response for families in crisis. Based on the Solution Focussed Brief Therapy model (de Shazer 1985) it embodies a forward looking approach and sets family owned targets over a short intervention period of six weeks. In urgent cases the manager can allocate a worker immediately and give families a same day appointment or an appointment within two or three days whichever suits the family.

Child protection plans

We can contribute to core assessments and child protection plans by providing monitoring and support to families whose children are on the Child Protection Register

Children in need

We can also provide direct support to families on:

  • Advice on parenting
  • Developing parenting skills
  • Behaviour Management
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Bedwetting
  • Play and Stimulation
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Self-esteem and confidence building

Direct work with adolescents

We can provide: 

  • Group work sessions 
  • Anger management workshops
  • Self esteem workshops for young women
  • One to one work with individuals experiencing relations 

Work with parents

Parenting programmes can be arranged during the day and in the evenings. These sessions give parents opportunities to share their experiences with other parents and to develop coping strategies to deal with challenging adolescent behaviour.