Established in 1982, at Brendan Fleming Solicitors we specialise in Family Law, offering our clients expert legal advice in both Public and Private Law matters, including Care Proceedings, Non-Accidental Injury, Divorce & Children’s Proceedings and issues with Social Services.


Contact Brendan Fleming Solicitors by emailing or by calling 0121 683 5000


Contact our Non-Accidental Injury Department on 07730 143 432. If it is out of hours, you can call our staffed 24 hour helpline on 0121 683 5000. Alternatively you can email us on

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165 Newhall Street
St. Paul’s Square
Birmingham B3 1SW


0121 683 5000


Child In Need Plan

How do Social Services adjudicate whether your child is a Child in Need?


The legal definition of a “Child in Need” is given in Section 17 (10) of the Children Act 1989:

“As a child shall be taken to be in need if:

(a) he is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision for him of services by a local authority;

(b) his health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision for him of such services; or

(c) he is disabled”


In the context of this Part of the Act:

by “health” is meant physical or mental health;

by “development” is meant physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development; and

by “disabled” is meant blind, deaf or dumb or suffering from mental disorder of any kind or being substantially and permanently handicapped by illness, injury or congenital deformity or such other disability as may be prescribed.

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