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S17 Child in Need

Child in Need
The duty of Children’s Services under section 17 Children Act 1989 is to provide services to children in need in their area.
All children and young people are unique and have differing needs. Similarly, parents also differ in their capability to respond to and meet their child’s needs.

Early Help Services
Under Section 17 Children Act 1989, a child will be considered in need if:
- they are unlikely to achieve or maintain or to have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without provision of services from the Local Authority;
- their health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of services from the Local Authority;
- they have a disability.
Disability includes blindness, deafness or dumbness, mental disorders and permanent illnesses, injuries or congenital deformities.

Children in need may be:
- children with SEND;
- young carers,
- children who have committed a crime;
- children whose parents are in prison; or
- asylum seeking children.

It is the general duty of every Local Authority:
- to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need; and
- so far as is reasonably consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families, by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those children’s needs.

If you would like to learn more about this service, please contact the Children's Hub at Hartlepool Borough Council on (01429) 266522.

Service provider

Hartlepool Borough Council

Client Groups Served

  • Children and Young People
  • Parent / Carer


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