New self-help guide on “Section 17” support for children in need and their families

Diagram from the guide

Hackney Migrant Centre have produced a new self-help guide to “Section 17” support, made by families who have lived experience of requesting Section 17 support from social services, and groups and organisations supporting families to access support from social services.

What is section 17 support?

Section 17 support is support available to children and their families under the Children Act 1989.

This support might include accommodation and/or financial support), depending on your circumstances.

Section 17 support is not determined by immigration status. The support is often needed by people with children, who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) including mainstream welfare benefits or homelessness support.

The guide

The guide is intended as a practical resource, with tips for people who need support from social services but do not know how to prepare and what to expect.

It has information on Child in Need assessments, what to expect when requesting support and how to prepare, an explanation of the support you will receive, what to do if you are refused support, an evidence checklist and guide to further sources of advice and information.



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