About Cumbria County Council - Children's Services

Our Directorate consists of three key functional areas

  • Children and Families - This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.
  • Early Help and Partnership – This service area encompasses the strategic planning, commissioning, performance, quality assurance, and workforce development, and, hosts youth offending service, Focus Families, and Early Help.
  • Schools and Learning – This service area includes all services directly connected with meeting statutory duties in ensuring fair admissions, providing support for SEN and permanently excluded pupils and championing educational excellence in all schools through its school improvement function.

Who We Help

Children’s Services Children’ Services are responsible for a wide range of services for children, young people, their families and schools in Cumbria including education for all ages, social care, youth support, early help, children’s centres, the youth offending service, special educational needs and children with disabilities.

There are currently over 112,000 children and young people aged 0-19 in Cumbria. These children and their families are our key ‘customers’. All our services are geared towards championing children and young people and improving outcomes for them and their families by ensuring they receive swift and timely access to the services they need.

Our ambition for children and young people as reflected in our council plan is that – We want Cumbria to be a great place to be a child and grow up in; a place of opportunity where young people are able to live happy and productive lives; a place where young people will want to live and work in the future.

As a Directorate we have four values that inform everything we do:

  • We put the child first
  • We take responsibility
  • We value, respect and take care of ourselves and each other
  • We work best in partnership

Accessing Our Services

Children’s Services has a presence across each district in Cumbria and operates a 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and, 9am to 4.30 pm Friday service. The Service’s main number is 01228 226877.

If you have concerns about a child, contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding hub on 0333 240 1727.

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Cumbria County Council - Children's Services

Children's Services,
5 Portland Square,
Carlisle, Cumbria,
CA1 1PU

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