Who to talk to

An Adoption Support Services Adviser (ASSA) is a single point of contact to provide you with information and advice, signpost you to appropriate services and advise on how those services may be accessed.

The ASSA can also help you access other specialist services, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This includes NHS commissioned health services to meet the needs of adopted children.

Call 0345 155 1076 or email adoptsouthwestsupport@devon.gov.uk

Out of hours support

If you need urgent support and it is out of hours, you will need to contact the local authority out of hours/emergency duty team for the area you live in. The numbers are:

  • Devon: 0345 600 0388 or 0845 600 0388
  • Plymouth: 01752 346984
  • Torbay: 0300 456 4876
  • Somerset: 0300 123 23 27