To determine whether your child may be entitled to social care support, you will need to ask your local authority to carry out an assessment of their needs. The assessment is the start of the process to decide if services are needed and for you to tell the local authority about your child and family’s needs.
Following acceptance of a referral by the local authority children's social care service, a social worker will lead a multi-agency assessment.
The purposes of social care assessments are:
If the local authority decides that social care is necessary, then it must fund a sufficient level of services to meet the needs which were identified in the assessment.