The Child in Mind: A Child Protection Handbook

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Partnership, collaboration and co-operation

Partnership with parents and children

THE CHILDREN ACT 1989 and Working Together to Safeguard Children both stress the value of working openly and collaboratively with families. Indeed, the participation and involvement of parents and children is one of the underlying principles of the Act. Protection from and future prevention of child abuse is achievable by enabling the parents/carers to take good enough care of their own children. Parents have a central role in their children's protection and welfare and should therefore be party, wherever possible, to all decisions and actions relating to them. The outcome for the child is improved if the parent is enabled to participate in all stages of the child protection process.

Ensure that the wishes and feelings of the child, as far as age and understanding permit are heard and accounted for in plans for their future care. Children have a right to know and a need to understand the process through which concerns are raised about their safety. They should be informed and consulted about those actions and decisions that affect them; their views and feelings acknowledged and taken into account. Be sensitive to and considerate of the impact of the family background, culture, religion, ethnicity and class when

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Foreword 8
  • Acknowledgements 10
  • Introduction 11
  • 1 - Safeguarding Children 13
  • 2 - Partnership, Collaboration and Co-Operation 19
  • 3 - Risk Assessment 23
  • 4 - Recognition of Child Maltreatment 27
  • 5 - Physical Abuse 30
  • 6 - Sexual Abuse 42
  • 7 - Neglect 51
  • 8 - Emotional Abuse 55
  • 9 - Failure to Thrive 59
  • 10 - Abuse of Children with Disabilities 64
  • 11 - Non-Compliance 68
  • 12 - The Child Protection Conference 70
  • 13 - Records 78
  • 14 - The Legal Framework 81
  • Appendix 1 86
  • Appendix 2 93
  • Suggested Reading 102
  • Index 105
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