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Brighter Futures for Children offers a range of services for children, young people and their families in Reading.

Our services

Brighter Futures for Children offers a range of services for children and young people. You can read more about each service by clicking on one of the boxes below.

Children’s social care

Social care services provide support to children in need of help and protection.  Our services include statutory assessment and care planning for children at risk of significant harm, provision for looked after children and those leaving care, as well as fostering and adoption services.

Education, Special Education Needs and Disabilities

Our services include school improvement support and traded services to schools, special educational needs and/disabilities, home to school transport and children missing education.

The statutory responsibilities for pupil place planning, admissions, children missing education, and elective home education are also managed by Brighter Futures for Children.

We support schools and parents on exclusions and provide guidance for schools and alternative providers on improvement and safeguarding.

Our services also include support in relation to educational psychology, therapies and emotional health and wellbeing support.

Early Help

Early help services provide targeted support to children, young people and families at the earliest point of identified need.

The aims of early help are to support families to support themselves, to prevent problems escalating and to reduce the number of children and young people needing statutory interventions.

The umbrella of early help also covers Early Years, including nurseries and children’s centres, the Youth Offending Service, young people’s drug and alcohol support, support for young parents, support for young people not in employment, education or training and information and advice and guidance for young people with special educational needs.

Child and parents or carers at home

Find out more about adopting in Reading. Read more

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Children’s guide to being in care
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Children’s social care
Supporting children and families in Reading. Read more

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Early help
Supporting parents, children, young people and partners. Read more

School pupils and teacher

Providing an overview of the educational support and guidance for schools and parents. Read more

Child and parents or carers at home

Help keep local children in Reading. Read more

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Special educational needs and disabilities
An overview of provision and guidance on children and young people with SEND. Read more

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Traded services
Our traded services help provide the best learning environments for our children. Read more

Young children with teacher

Under 5s
A guide to all services for children under 5 years and their families. Read more

School pupils and teacher

Virtual school
Promoting education for looked-after and previously looked-after children. Read more

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Youth Offending Services (YOS)
Supporting young people that get into trouble with the police or are in danger of getting into trouble. Read more