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Local organisations and agencies should work together to: If a child has complex needs, it may be appropriate for the local authority to provide support under section 17 of the Children Act children in need.
Where there are child protection concerns, the local authority must make enquiries and decide if any action must be taken under section 47 of the Children Act Within one working day of a referral being received, a local authority social worker should acknowledge receipt to the referrer and make a decision about next steps and the type of response required.
This will include determining whether: Assessing the risk of significant harm If information gathered during an assessment suggests that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, the local authority should hold a strategy discussion to enable it to decide, with other agencies, whether it must undertake a section 47 enquiry.
A Section 47 enquiry refers to Section 47 of the Children Act and involves social workers gathering evidence and speaking with the child, family and other relevant professionals to determine if any interventions may be beneficial to the child's welfare.
All assessments should be completed within 45 working days from the point of referral into local authority children's social care. Child protection conferences A child protection conference is held if a child is assessed as being at risk of significant harm. It may also take place where there are concerns about an unborn child.
At the case conference relevant professionals can share information, identify risks and outline what needs to be done to protect the child.
In England, this must happen within 15 working days of the strategy discussion.
A core group is set up of family members and professionals. Child protection measures Child protection plan A child protection plan sets out what action needs to be taken, by when and by whom including family membersto keep the child safe from harm and to promote their welfare.
The plan will be reviewed at regular child protection conferences until the child is no longer considered at risk of significant harm or until they are taken into care.
Care proceedings In some cases, professionals may conclude that the parents or carers are not able to provide safe or appropriate care for their child and the local authority will decide to take the child into care. Unless the level of risk requires the courts to get involved immediately, care proceedings will only start after extensive efforts to keep the child with their family.
Voluntary accommodation A child may be taken in to care voluntarily through Section 20 of the Children Act A local authority must provide accommodation for children who do not have anywhere suitable to live. This includes children who have nobody to look after them or whose parents are unable to look after them for a period of time, due to illness or other problems.
Going to court Care proceedings are usually held in the Family Court although more complex cases may be held in the High Court. The court will make sure the child has a children's guardian. The guardian's job is to look after the child's interests.
The child's social worker will make a care plan to help the court decide how the child should be cared for. There are four types of care order.
Interim care order At the initial hearing the court may decide that an interim care order is needed to set out what should happen to the child during proceedings.
This is awarded for eight weeks initially.The Care Act - Local authorities have new duties for safeguarding vulnerable adults including lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system, find out what action is needs when they think adults are at risk, establish safeguarding adult boards, review, arrange independent advocate.
Keep up-to-date with new legislation and guidance by signing up to CASPAR, our current awareness service for policy, practice and research. References and resources Department for Education (DfE) () Guide to the Children’s Homes Regulations including the quality standards (PDF).
Identify the current legislation guidelines policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e safety. Children Act The main legislation that cover’s the protection of children is the Children Act then was updated in , the Children Act () is to safeguard children in learning.
Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults from abuse or neglect and educating Supplementary guidance to safeguarding Northern Ireland. The main current legislation guidelines policies and procedures within own UK home nation for safeguarding children and young people.
Children’s order • Simplify laws that protected children and young people in respective UK countries. The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland was established by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in in recognition of the fact that children are more likely to be protected when agencies work in an all-inclusive, coordinated and consistent way.