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Children's social work service

This service is available to children and families in the Bexley borough where children are vulnerable because of family crises, severe relationship difficulties and/or developmental behavioural needs.

Social workers discuss difficulties with parents and children, speak to other professionals who know the child, and undertake an assessment of a family's need. They will then identify services to meet those needs, and then either give or arrange that help.

Child protection referrals are undertaken by these teams, and staff can also offer support and guidance to anyone concerned about a child in the community. The duty social workers will also look into cases where children may be at risk of harm, and take steps to protect children where this is necessary. The aim of this work is to reduce the risks to the child. In a few cases where this is not possible, social workers apply to the Court for orders to protect children.

This service is split into five teams which are based on a locality model. Each team provides the same services for families and children living in its area.

North West

North West Locality Team provides a social work service to families living in the north west of the Bexley borough. The ward areas covered by this team are:

  • Thamesmead East
  • Lesnes Abbey
  • St Michael's
  • Brampton

To contact the North West team, please call 020 8303 7777.

North

North Locality Team provides a social work service to families living in the north of the Bexley borough. The ward areas covered by this team are:

  • Belvedere
  • Erith
  • Northumberland Heath

To contact the North team, please call 020 8303 7777.

East

East Locality Team provides a social work service to families living in the east of the Bexley borough. The ward areas covered by this team are:

  • North End
  • Crayford

To contact the East team, please call 020 8303 7777.

Central and South

Central and South Locality Team provides a social work service to families living in the south and centre of the Bexley borough. The ward areas covered by this team are:

  • Colyers
  • Barnehurst
  • Christchurch
  • St Mary's
  • Cray Meadows

To contact the Central and South team, please call 020 8303 7777.

South West

Central and South Locality Team provides a social work service to families living in the south and centre of the Bexley borough. The ward areas covered by this team are:

  • East Wickham
  • Falconwood and Welling
  • Danson Park
  • Blackfen and Lamorbey
  • Blendon and Penhill
  • Sidcup
  • Longlands

To contact the South West team, please call 020 8303 7777.