Children As Victims (Creating Integrated Services) by Peter Kennison, Anthony Goodman

By Peter Kennison, Anthony Goodman

This e-book highlights the issues, dilemmas and demanding situations dealing with the kid safeguard enterprises in England and Wales and tackles numerous components the place wisdom on baby abuse is both constrained or out-of-date. elevating information of social, demographic, situational and environmental possibility components which could bring about the harming of kids, it additionally appears to be like at tricky cultural matters that usually get within the approach of defending little ones. Any specialist operating in, or learning, baby security will locate this booklet a necessary learn.

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Beyond this, however, progress, in the form of identifying particular issues for the children of problem-substance users and developing specific strategies to allow them to overcome these difficulties, has been limited. In 2003, the ACMD produced its aforementioned report Hidden Harm: Responding to the Needs of Children of Drug Users, which sought to identify the difficulties that the children of problem-substance users experience and to plan responses to those difficulties, informed by the testimony of the children themselves.

Out of these recent qualitative studies has come a series of commonly agreed-upon factors impacting on the lives and experiences of the children of problem-substance users, which can presumably be used to reliably inform policy in this area, and which will now be discussed in further detail. Resources The excessive consumption of any substance, legal or illegal, places strain on the economies of a household – particularly where that household already holds a low socio-economic status. , 2002; Taylor, 1993) that not only are financial resources in the homes of problem-substance users being spent predominantly on drugs and alcohol, in some cases over and above the needs of children, but also that time and emotional resources are being used up in the acquisition and taking of the drugs themselves.

Political context and policy Since the devastating case of the torture and brutal murder by her carers of Victoria Climbié, a young girl living in North London, rocked British society in 2000, the Labour government has embarked on a programme of change, seeking to bring the agencies working to safeguard children closer together, which is outlined in the Governmental Green Paper Every Child Matters: Change for Children (Department for Education and Skills, 2004a). While the use of drugs and alcohol were not implicated in Victoria’s death, the consequences of the case have been wide-ranging, and policy-making has touched upon the issue discussed here, for example in the Government’s publication Every Child Matters: Change for Children – Young People and Drugs (Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office and the 25 Chapter 3 Parental use of alcohol and illicit drugs Department for Health, 2005).

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