Children's Services Our Story and Briefings

Find out about the work we do in Children's Services and how we support children and young people.

Children's Services Communications

Our story

As part of our continuous improvement approach within Children's Services we have developed the Social Work: Our Story [MS Word 267kb] document. This provides a snap shot of our current social work activities and can be used by council staff and partners to support the development and strengthening of social work in the city.

Our Story gets updated regularly so please visit this page again to get an up to date version.

Children's services briefings

A series of focussed briefings are being developed across all areas of children's services and will be added to this page as they are published.

Briefing 1: Key facts [MS Word 56kb]

Briefing 2: Social Work Transformation [MS Word 218kb]

Briefing 3: Private Fostering [MS Word 55kb]

Briefing 4: Missing Children [MS Word 54kb]

Briefing 5: LADO [MS Word 56kb]

Briefing 6: Safeguarding and Review Service [MS Word 149kb]

Briefing 7: Support Through Care [MS Word 70kb]

 The Brighton & Hove Pledge to children in care

The Brighton & Hove Pledge to our children in care and those preparing to leave care has been written with our Children in Care Council.  The format of the two age-related pledges has been designed by a young person who has left care.

 The Pledge (Our Promises to You) for all children and young people in care up to 16 years old.The 16+ and Leaving Care Pledge for all 16-25 year old young people who are in or have left care.

 The Pledge sets out the commitment of councillors and staff to enable children in care to achieve to the best of their ability and comparable to their peer group.  We want all of our children to live full, rewarding and active lives and become confident individuals, responsible citizens and contributors.

Education and training for Care Leavers

 For ‘Post-21 ET Support’  - Some young people who have left care experience barriers which make a return to education or training difficult. We aim to provide support to help overcome these difficulties so where possible young people can return to education or training up to the age of 25.  Please see attached information leaflet.

Support and entitlements fact sheet

 ‘Care Leaver Factsheet’ – It’s important that young people leaving care know about the support and entitlements they can expect from the age of 16 upwards.  This factsheet explains the detail.

If you have any queries about our new children's services communications please contact our service development officer on 01273 293736 or