Our Directorate of Social Services provides a range of services for children, young people and their families. We have a legal duty under the Children Act 1989 to help and protect children in need. We undertake an assessment to determine the support a family may require to help them promote the well-being and development of a child or young person. We provide support and advice when a child:.
- Is in need because their family is in crisis
- Is in need because a parent has a disability
- Is in need of protection and safeguarding due to the risk of harm, abuse or neglect
- Has a disability
- Is cared for away from their family
- Is in need of support after leaving the care of the local authority
We aim to support families to bring up their children, by promoting and safeguarding their welfare. We do this by working together with other organisations to enable families to provide good standards of care for their children. We can coordinate extra support and services to help families find the best solution to meet their needs.We work in partnership with a range of people, including:
- Parents, relatives and carers
- Children and young people
- Health workers
- Housing workers
- Police workers
- Probation workers
- Voluntary and independent services
- Youth workers
Services available include:
We have many children in our care at Caerphilly, and they deserve the chance to grow up in a loving and secure home. The sort of home we hope you can provide. Visit our adoption website to find out more.
Assessment of need
Do you need support for a child? If so, get in touch with our Contact and Referral Team. If you are having difficulties we may be able to help you.
Are you concerned that a child may be suffering from harm, neglect or abuse? If so, you must tell us about it immediately.
Are you looking for information, help or advice on children's leisure activities or childcare in Caerphilly County Borough? Our Children's Information Service website contains lots of information that will help you.
Children with disabilities
Does your child have a disability or need and you feel you need support? Contact us for an assessment.
Children's rights officer
Our Children's Rights Officer represents children and young people in Caerphilly by ensuring that they receive support from Caerphilly Children's Services, know their rights, and are listened to and treated fairly.
Family support service
Our Family Support service can arrange services for children and families who have been assessed as being 'in need'
Are you interested in becoming a foster parent and making a tremendous difference to a child's life, while enriching your own? We offer full training, continuous support and financial assistance, including generous fees. Visit our fostering website for further information.
Are you a young person who will soon be leaving care? We provide young people with support and advice to help them to live independently in the community after leaving the care of the authority.
Transition into adulthood
Some young people aged 13-19 need a Transition Plan to help them with their transition into adulthood. This plan is particularly important if the young person needs additional support in school or college, or from health and social services.
Looked after children
Sometimes, for a number of reasons, children are not able to live with their families. We provide care for these children.
Is someone else looking after your child, are you looking after someone else's child or do you know someone who is caring for someone else's child? If an arrangement has been made with the parents for a child to live under someone else's care (who is not a close relative) for at least 28 days, it is referred to as private fostering and you must inform us about it.
Youth offending service
Blaenau Gwent & Caerphilly Youth Offending Service offer a range of services to young people aged 10–17 years old who are at risk of, or involved in, offending behaviour.