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Health and social care for children and families

We provide services that protect, care for and support children, young people and their families in the borough.
Are you worried about the safety or welfare of a child?

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact us on 020 8314 6660 or out of hours call 020 8314 6000.


Could you do something amazing and change a child's future? Start your journey and adopt with us.

Keeping children safe

Information for parents, carers, professionals and young people about recognising and reporting child abuse.


Could you provide the love and stability a child needs? We are looking for people who have a place in their home and their heart to foster a child or a young person.

Early Help Services

Information about early help and the targeted parenting support service, Family Thrive.

Support for young people leaving care (local offer)

Find out what support we can offer to young people leaving our care.

Short breaks

Short breaks can give parents and carers a break from caring for their disabled child.

Children with disabilities, learning difficulties or life-limiting conditions

If your child has a diagnosed disability, learning difficulty or life-limiting condition, you may be able to get help, advice or support.

Community health services

Find out about services that help children and young people keep physically healthy or manage a current health condition.

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

​Get advice and support for children, young people and families about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Residential care

Residential care for children and children's homes are there to ensure that the needs of children are met when they cannot live with their own family.

Moving from child to adult social care

The time of change from 13 or 14 up to 18 or 19 years of age (up to 24 years for some people with very complex needs) is called transition. 

Lewisham SEND Local Offer

Explore our local offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or female genital cutting, is an unacceptable practice where a girl’s genitalia are removed or cut for cultural reasons.

Offer supported lodging for a young care leaver

Information for people who are interested in offering accommodation to young care leavers.

Our children and young people plan 2019–22

How we will continue to work with partners to improve the lives and life-chances of our children and young people.

Strategies and annual reports

Including the annual report of independent reviewing officers.


Kaleidoscope provides services for children and young people aged between 0 and 18.

Search the children's social care section