Each day, the safety and well-being of children across the Nation are threatened by child abuse and neglect. Intervening effectively in the lives of these children and their families are not the sole responsibility of any agency, but rather the safety and the care of the children in need. Child Protective Services (CPS) was created by law to make sure children are safe and to help families create a safe environment for their children. When investigating a report of abuse or neglect, CPS seeks active involvement from the children’s parents and other family members to help solve issues that lead to abuse or neglect. The objective of CPS is to reunify parents and children whenever possible, and if reunification is not possible, CPS will seek to
The Department for Education has responsibilities for child protection in England. It sets out policy, legislation and statutory guidance on how the child protection system should work. There is a framework to follow which enables professionals to identify children who are at risk of
In P5 of my work I am going to outline and discuss the strategies and procedures used in health and social care to reduce the risk of abuse.The aim of the independent safeguarding Authority (ISA) was established under the Safeguarding Groups Act 2006 to protect children and vulnerable adult to those who might abuse them. The strategy in order to achieve this is through mentoring people who seek access through their work, paid, unpaid and voluntary. As they have to be registered under the vetting and barring scheme and will be checked against one of two barred list.
Working together to safeguard children (2013)- This policy sets out guidelines of how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. As well as laying out these guidelines, the document also provides a summary of:
Policies are put in place for people to follow not only in the government setting but also in much smaller settings. According to Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman (2016) defines policy as a clearly stated or implicit procedure, plan, rule, or stance concerning some issue that serves to guide decision making and behavior (p. 87). In the social work field policies are put into place so that there is guarantee that all clients are treated with the same respect and are offered the resources that are available to them in their community. In this paper I will discuss policies that are in place for children that are being abused and what is in place to help them. Not only are we concerned with if these policies are working but also how are they being paid
I am employed as an on-going social worker by the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF is a child protection agency, which is responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families. The Department has offices throughout the Commonwealth; I am located at the New Bedford area office. As an on-going social worker I am assigned families after a report of abuse or neglect has been reported, investigated and supported. It is the on-going social worker’s responsibility to provide professional child welfare social work services, through home visits, to the family. This is done by assessing the family’s strengths and needs, developing
Every setting will have to make sure that the children are safe when entering the setting, leaving the setting. When children arrive to the setting, you will have to make sure that they enter the setting safely. When leaving the setting you as a early years practitioner has to check who is collecting the child. There even is a policy in every setting that is about parents and carers collecting their child. In this policy you must take the register so
If harm or abuse is suspected or alleged the child or young person has the right to be listened to, to be respected and to kept informed and be involved (where appropriate) in any decision making. â€ ̃Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs.â€TM (Working Together to Safeguard Children)
Adams (2007) states that "in England, multiagency codes of practice aiming to tackle and prevent abuse of vulnerable adults developed in the light of the publication of the official guidance No Secrets (DOH and Home Office, 2000)".
All adults in these settings have a responsibility to safeguard. They must ensure that all staff and volunteers are provided with up to date training in safeguarding. They should know the children on the ‘at risk register’ and offer support. They must put into place policies and security systems, including for e-safety. They are responsible for keeping up to date records and refer any concerns they have that a child may be being abused.
Laws, 2014). This entire chapter on child protection laws does not mention how and if a child is to be protected from government agencies that fail to properly perform their functions. This leaves children vulnerable to the harms of being placed in unfit foster homes or under the supervision of under or unqualified adults. It also puts the child at risk of not getting the appropriate help in time to prevent a tragedy from occurring, which ultimately makes for a counterproductive
This report will discuss the evidence given in Serious Case Review of Hamzah Khan, who died in 2009 in Bradford, after being starved and neglected for months by his Mother Amanda Hutton. It will highlight main failures and issues associated with safeguarding, recognizing the complexity of multiagency working, along with identification of challenges and barriers in everyday practice with children and families. It will also analyse the key recommendations from the review, making reference to safeguarding policies and procedures within Setting X, as well as developing a constructive critique of the issues that were raised. The report will make brief links to previous significant cases, underlining their influence on policy and legislation framework
Offenders under 21 years of age cannot be sentenced to detention unless the sentencing judge is of the opinion no other sentence is appropriate. The type of detention applied will depend on the age of the offender and by the procedure by which they were prosecuted. (p.132)
The risk assessment mandate of the current child protection practice is crop up in connection with individual responsibility of neo-liberal ideology. The right of the worker is given during their “mandate to investigate, monitor, assess and dispose of” (Strega & Carriere, 2009 p.16) of child protection cases under the legal system. As a result of child protection practice merely becomes a risk assessment model of bureaucratic approach. Apparently, child protection in Canada turns out as a mechanical social intervention with more focus on short-term remedial recommendations and limited or no emphasis on the holistic view of the problem (Strega & Carriere, 2009 p.20). This process is not really supporting the family in terms of a long term “helping, healing and change”. The current risk assessment process reinforces the idea that once the risk is identified or properly addressed, the children are safe and prevented from future risk. It also broadens the false notion that child welfare means protection of the children rather than providing support to the children and
Dependence on the support of others begins at conception, but although people become increasingly self-sufficient, throughout life they continue to require assistance from others in one form or another. Young people are particularly in need of various forms of social support during their struggle to become social beings and unique individuals. Unfortunately, as human beings we do not always provide the proper support system for children. Thus, at times fail to comply with the appropriate ethical principles of behavior on how one ought to act in their roles as, including but limited to, parents and professionals. An unethical behavior, such as acts of child sexual abuse, does