Information for children and young people

Support for children and young people who are privately fostered.

 

If you are being fostered by a family friend or relative, the following information is provided to help you. If you are concerned or worried about anything contact Angela Marsh, Duty Worker on 01384 815833 for a discussion, or to make a referral contact - Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 555 0050.

 

Dudley Council has a legal duty to ensure that any child or young person is in a suitable and safe private fostering arrangement. We will make regular visits to you in your private fostering home and provide advice and support where necessary.

 

A downloadable guide for children and young people is available below.

 

Health

 

GP out-of-hours

 

Emergency Duty Team - 0300 555 8574

 

Teenage pregnancy team http://www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/teenage-pregnancy/

 

General NHS help http://www.nhs.uk

 

 

Help and advice

 

Victim support

Support for anyone who is affected by crime.  Whether you have reported a crime or not, them will provide help.

http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

 

Child exploitation and online child protection centre

Protects children online against grooming and sexual abuse.

0870 000 3344  http://ceop.police.uk/

 

Dating abuse

Advice for people or friends of people in abusive relationships.  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/506525/teen-abuse-leaflet.pdf

 

 

 

Advocacy services for children and young people

 

Mencap

Mencap is the voice of learning disability.  0808 808111  https://www.mencap.org.uk/

 

Children's Legal Centre

The Children’s Legal Centre is an independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people.

www.childrenslegalcentre.com

 

Voice

Voice is a major children’s advocacy organisation  www.voiceyp.org

 

Family Information Service

A useful guide to services and organisations that support children and young people, parents, carers and the people who work with them.

https://fis.dudley.gov.uk/fsd/PublicEnquiry/Default.aspx

 

Childline

www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111

 

Advocacy services for disabled children and young people

An advocate can support with choices such as money, being safe, where to live,

 

The Children’s Society

The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton WV2 1EL  01902 877563

Black Country Advocacy Service provides independent, confidential services to children and young people who have a social worker.

 

 

Local services

 

Citizens advice bureau

Providing advice for people who have problems in their lives.

Contacts across Dudley borough:

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/community/community-advice/citizens-advice-bureau/West Midland Police

 

Local police station 0845 113 5000

Emergency ring 999

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

Ambulance Service  999

 

Fire Services  999

 

14 plus team

The Council House, Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA - 01384 813000 / 01384 813620 Drop-in centre 01384 813620

 

Local police services

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/dudley/

 

Non emergencies - 101

Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111

Switchboard - 0345 113 5000

 

Information on private fostering

Contact Sarah Whitehouse  01384 815833  Email PrivateFostering@dudley.gov.uk

 

Dudley Council Plus

Provides a contact point to all departments of the council.

http://www.dudley.gov.uk  0300 555 2345

 

Brook

Provides free and confidential advice on sexual health for young people under 25.

31 Priory Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HA

01384 239001  http://www.brook.org.uk/

Text service to speak to an advisor - 07717 989 023

 

Children’s centres

Contact for all children’s centres across Dudley borough  http://childrenscentres.dudley.gov.uk/

 

Connexions - careers advice http://www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/connexions/

 

Job Centre Plus  https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus  Telephone: 0845 6060 234

 

Libraries www.dudley.gov.uk/libraries

 

Leisure centres www.dudley.gov.uk/sport

 

Housing  Dudley Council Plus  http://www.dudley.gov.uk  0300 555 2345

 

General help and advice

www.direct.gov.uk

@DudleyBorough

@dudleymbc

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