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East Lothian Council offers social work services through three main social work teams: Children’s Services, Community Care and Criminal Justice. This section gives brief information about these teams and how social work services can support you if you and your children are living with domestic abuse. Social workers will treat you sensitively and with respect. They will treat what you say in confidence, unless a child is at risk of serious harm.
This team provides services to children and young people, parents and carers. They have a statutory duty to protect children who may be at risk of harm. You might be in touch with this team if, for example, you are worried about the effect of domestic abuse on your child such as their behaviour or their education. It can be very helpful for a child or young person to confide in a social worker.
The Children’s Services team is based at Randall House in Macmerry. Staff can meet you at any council office or convenient place near where you live. Phone 01875 824 090 and ask to speak to the Duty Children's Services Social Worker to make a first appointment. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.
In an emergency out of office hours phone the Emergency Social Work Service on 0800 731 6969.
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