What is a Child in Need Coordinator?

A Child in Need coordinator is a social worker who should make sure that the Child in Need Plan is happening in a way that meets the child or young person’s needs. They chair meetings for the Child in Need Plan and will meet with the family members at these meetings or if requested outside the meeting. They do not replace the family’s social worker who manages the case. The Child in Need Coordinator is a member of the Safeguarding Unit and has independence from the service delivery of any of the agencies or practitioners that are involved with the family, child or young person. 

Who needs a Child in Need Plan? 

A Child in Need Plan is used when:

  • Parents or carers need additional services to help them look after their children, which may be for many reasons, such as:
  • The child’s development
  • The child’s attendance/attainment at school
  • The child’s relationship with family members

When and where will the meetings be?

Child in Need meetings take place anywhere you feel comfortable to attend.

We will:

  • Listen to you
  • Ensure you have a voice
  • Support you and your family members to make important decisions about your future

What happens at these meetings?

We will talk about:

  • What is going well
  • Your views
  • If there any worries
  • What can be changed to make things better

If you have any more questions you can talk to your Social Worker.

Contact us

If you have concerns about a child or young person please let us know

Alternatively contact the Safeguarding Unit to speak to a Child in Need Coordinator on 0161 603 4350 if you want more information about their role.

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