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Children needing support

Children needing support

Our social care services for children and young people include family support, short-term breaks, fostering, adoption, residential and leaving care services. Children's safeguarding and support for young carers are also part of our remit.

Getting support

You can contact us through a single phone number or email address, or by using our online form or writing. On this section we also explain how we decide how we can help.

Keeping children safe

This section explains what to do if you are worried that a child is being abused, or are a professional working to help safeguard children.


Adoption provides a safe, secure and permanent environment for a child who can no longer be brought up by their birth parents. Find out more about the adoption process and how you can apply here.

Being healthy

Learn how your family can prevent illness, or get support for mental health or substance misuse issues.

Caring for someone: young carers

There are estimated to be 1,570 children and young people in West Sussex who help to care for a relative who has a long-term illness or disability. They are known as 'young carers'.

Children with disabilities and special needs

We can support or advise families or carers of children who are disabled or have special needs. Find out how on this section.


Foster carers look after most of our children in care in West Sussex. They make an incredible difference to children's lives and we've included some real life stories of people who foster to give you an idea of what they do.

Other types of care

There are some types of care that fall between fostering and adoption, such as Special Guardianship and private fostering. Young people can also be supported through residential care and supported lodgings.

Think Family programme in West Sussex

Think Family is a County Council initiative relating to the Government's 'Helping troubled families turn their lives around' policy. It brings together local organisations to support vulnerable families.

Have your say

Please let us know what you think about our health and social care services. You can now do this through Local HealthWatch.

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