What we do and who do we work with
We work with children who are "looked after" by the County Council, coordinate the child protection plans for children who are on the child protection register and implement multi agency children in need plans. We also provide support and assessment for Private Foster Carers and Step-Parent adoptions.
- Children who are 'Looked After' by Pembrokeshire County Council.
If a child has to live away from their own home and is cared for by the Local Authority Social Services Department, this is known as being "looked after".
- Children on the Child Protection Register
Children and young people up to the age of 18 may be placed on the child protection register due to concerns relating to their welfare and well-being. There are 4 categories under which children can be registered: neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.
- Children in Need
Children in need are a wide group of young people about whom there are concerns that they may not achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without access to services.
In particular the Children Act 1989 identifies all disabled children as being children in need as are children on the child protection register.
- Step-parents who request an assessment to adopt a child
When a parent of a child marries, the new spouse may adopt the child, and the child then becomes the child of both spouses. The adoption process may include a change of name for the child.
- Children who are 'privately fostered.'
Private fostering is an arrangement (essentially without the involvement of the Local Authority) for the care of a child under 16 years (under 18 years, if disabled) by a person who is not a parent or close relative, with the intention that it will last for more than 28 days.
The Children Act 1989 says that private foster carers, or the parents of children being looked after by private foster carers, must notify the local authority Social Services department in writing about the private fostering arrangement. This is because the local authority has a duty to ensure that the welfare of all children who are looked after under private fostering arrangements is protected.
We work closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies such as the police, education, housing and local health board.
New contacts or referrals should access Social Care via the Assessment Team .
For further information please contact:
Child Care Assessment Team
Pembrokeshire County Council
Tel: 01437 776322 or 01437 776325
Fax: 01437 776337
Existing customers may contact the care management team for their area directly.
There is a duty officer available from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
The North Team covering the north of the county:
Child Care Management North
Telephone: 01437 775796
The South Team covering south of the Cleddau River and Milford Haven:
Child Care Management South
Customer Service Centre
Tel: 01437 776016 (need to put in a table side by side.)