What we do and why

Brent Children and Families Information Service provide free impartial information and advice on a range of services for children and young people including childcare, out of school activities, parenting programs, signposting to services available, special educational needs and disabilities along with local offer.

We run a telephone helpline service Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and also provide an outreach service at a variety of settings and events. A brokerage service is also available to assist parents in finding suitable childcare. We use the legislation below to inform what we do:

The Childcare Act 2006

An Act to make provision about the powers and duties of local authorities and other bodies in England in relation to the improvement of the well-being of young children; to make provision about the powers and duties of local authorities in England and Wales in relation to the provision of childcare and the provision of information to parents and other persons; to make provision about the regulation and inspection of childcare provision in England; to amend Part 10A of the Children Act 1989 in relation to Wales; and for connected purposes.

The Children and Families Act (March 2014)

Section 30 requires Local Authority to publish local offer information about provision available for children and young people.

Childrens Act 2004

An Act to make provision for the establishment of a Children’s Commissioner; to make provision about services provided to and for children and young people by local authorities and other persons; to make provision in relation to Wales about advisory and support services relating to family proceedings; to make provision about private fostering, child minding and day care, adoption review panels, the defence of reasonable punishment, the making of grants as respects children and families, child safety orders, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, the publication of material relating to children involved in certain legal proceedings and the disclosure by the Inland Revenue of information relating to children

Education Act Section 507B

Section 507B of the Education Act 1996 requires that every local authority in England must, so far as reasonably practicable, secure for qualifying young persons in the authority’s area access to sufficient educational and recreational activities (also referred to as positive leisure-time activities) which are for the improvement of their well-being, and sufficient facilities for such activities.

Children Act 2014 Section 30 

Local Authorities must publish Local Offer information in its area at the time of publication for children and young people who have special educational needs or a disability.

Children Act 2016

An Act to make provision about free childcare for young children of working parents and about the publication of information about childcare and related matters by local authorities in England.

Equality Act 2010

The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.