What is a 'Child in Need' Plan?

All children and young people are different and they all have different needs. Sometimes a family may need help to meet some of those needs properly. If this is so, a Child in Need plan might be made so that everyone in the family receives help to make things better. People who work with the child or family will gather information about their needs and wishes and work out the best way to help.

Almost all parents want to do their best for their children and a child in need assessment helps everyone to understand a family's strengths, as well as its difficulties. The assessment finds out how a parent or parents are managing to meet their child's needs and to find out what may help.