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Child protection

The child protection scheme takes measures to safeguard vulnerable children and young people at risk or suffering from physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Adopting a child

Can you give a child a loving home?

Children's Disability Register

The Children's Disability Register is the register for children with disabilities in Waltham Forest. It is used to plan services for children with disabilities.

Common Assessment Framework

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for Children and Young People is a key part of the strategy to shift the focus from dealing with the consequences

Council leaflets and publications

Leaflets and publications from the Council.

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service is a free, impartial service giving detailed information and advice on childcare as well as general information on a wide

Fostering a child

Fostering provides homes for children who are temporarily unable to live with their own families. Fostering may provide respite care or shared care for

Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under 16 years old (or under 18 years old if disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation by an adult who is

Register a birth

Registration of a birth. Every birth must be registered in the district in which it takes place within 42 days of the date of birth.

Residential care for children and young people

Provision of residential accommodation for children and young people who cannot live with their families.

Respite care for children and young people with a disability

You can get short breaks from caring for your disabled child.

Social services' support groups

Information and advice about organisations in the local area who may be able to provide support to children and their families.

Special guardianship

Special guardianship gives a child permanent legal security in a family that has parental responsibility for the child.

Support to disabled children and children with health needs, and their parents and carers

The Specialist Children’s Service provides support to disabled children, children with health needs, and their parents and carers.

Travelling people: Support for children

Help and support for Travellers children.

Worried about a child?

If you feel that a child is at immediate risk of harm please call the Police on 999 who will be able to provide an immediate response, or contact your

Young carers support and advice

Support, information and advice for young carers. The service provides recreational respite, advocacy, a befriending service and therapeutic support to