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Safeguarding children
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Children with disabilities

Children in need

This is a young person who needs extra help from someone outside their family to -

  • grow
  • learn
  • be healthy
  • stay safe
  • get support from friends and adults when they need it

A child in need is less likely to develop to their full potential or be healthy without help. They might have a disability, be or have been abused, have a mental health problem or be taking care or someone else.

If we think you need help from us, we will make sure you get all the support you need so that your life can get better or so that things don't get worse for you.

We provide a wide range of services for children in need and their families. We help and support families in many different circumstances, for example families who are having difficulties with their children, children in trouble with the law, disabled children and children who need protection from abuse.

At times we work with other organisations such as Health and Education to make sure children and families receive the best possible service.

Some of the services are listed below -

Social workers

Social workers provide advice and support to families in need. They can discuss problems with families and tell them about which services might be able to help them.

Family support

Family Practitioners can go into a family's home to offer advice and support. This is usually for a few hours a week.

Locality Offices

Children and Family services meet the needs of children in Hull. Within this service there are three locality teams who work directly with children and families. They respond to contacts made from children, parents, carers and all other members of the public, as well as those from other agencies such as health and education.

There are six centres which cover the city which work with children and families which are experiencing difficulties. We recognise that difficulties can arise for many reasons and could include some of the following difficulties -

  • adolescent behaviour
  • child protection
  • parenting problems
  • anti-social behaviour
  • teenage conflict
  • domestic violence
  • stress
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • drugs and alcohol

Access and Assessment

This is the new name for The Central Duty Team.  A centralised service for all concerns regarding children and young people.

Access to services is via the Access and Assessment Team who provide professionals and members of the public with advice, information and support about services for children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk. Dedicated qualified telephone operators will take referrals or were appropriate offer support, advice and information to other agencies in helping children, young people and their families.

Any request for a NEW service must be made via the Access and Assessment Team, families already receiving services can contact their locality directly.

Contact us

If you think you need any of these services, or if you have concerns about a child, contact the Access and Assessment team by phone, or in person.

Access and Assessment Team
Brunswick House
Hull City Council
Strand Close
Beverley Road

Tel: 01482 448879

For cases currently open contact your local children and family area resource centre by calling 01482 300 300 or calling in at your nearest office.

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