Child Protection (SAGE Course Companions) by Eileen Munro

By Eileen Munro

Baby defense is a part of an exhilarating new sequence from SAGE. constructed as available reference instruments, SAGE path partners supply finished introductions to middle matters, encouraging scholars to increase their knowing of key recommendations, matters and debates. baby security deals readers an obtainable evaluation of the middle subject matters in baby abuse and baby safety, assisting readers comprehend either the idea and perform enthusiastic about baby defense, in addition to bettering their pondering abilities according to path standards.

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The ICS will include several forms to document the progress in dealing with a referral. The key ones for children in need (including children in need of protection), in order of use, are: Contact record Referral and Information Record (completed within 1 working day) Initial Assessment, which includes Initial Plan (completed within 7 working days) Core Assessment Record (completed within 35 working days) Child’s Plan which includes Child Protection Plan Record of Strategy Discussion Record of S47 Inquiries which includes Initial Plan Initial Child Protection Conference Report, which includes Outline Child Protection Plan Chronology Review Records Closure Record Running theme: the voice of the child Practice is being increasingly structured by procedures and timetables.

Response 4: referral to a local authority as a child in need of protection, possibly requiring a Section 47 inquiry. Again, the social worker and manager will decide how to respond. If a Section 47 inquiry is undertaken, then there are detailed procedures and a timetable set out in the local procedure manual. If there is concern about the child’s immediate safety at any time, then emergency action should be taken to safeguard the child. Also, if any concerns about significant harm arise at any point, this will trigger a move to a Section 47 inquiry.

They revealed that the cumulative effect of adverse publicity and policy changes had been that professionals, especially social workers, were prioritising child abuse concerns over other types of referral. Moreover, a fear of missing a case had led to the lowering of the threshold for triggering an investigation into abuse so that the number of investigations being done had increased markedly, reducing the time and resources for dealing with other aspects of child need. Another criticism of the system was that the majority of cases investigated were not substantiated and the families then usually received no further service despite often being in circumstances where they were struggling to cope.

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