The Child in Mind: A Child Protection Handbook

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The legal framework
THE CHILDREN ACT 1989 sets out the legal requirements for child protection practice. The Act introduces orders applicable when children are at risk of significant harm. Public and private laws relating to children are combined under it, in a series of principles governing practice and procedure, both in and out of court.
MAIN PRINCIPLES OF THE CHILDREN ACT 1989
■ Welfare of the child is paramount
■ Children should be brought up and cared for within their own families, wherever possible
■ Children in danger should be kept safe and protected by effective intervention
■ Agencies should work in partnership with parents insofar as this does not prejudice the welfare of the child
■ Delays in decisions affecting children are likely to prejudice their welfare. Courts should ensure that delay is avoided and make an order only if to do so is better than not
■ Children should be informed about what is happening to them, and their wishes and feelings taken into account (considered in the light of their age and understanding). They should have the opportunity to participate in decisions being made about their future
■ Parents continue to have parental responsibility in relation to their children, even if their children are no longer living with them. They should be kept informed about their children and participate in decisions made about their future

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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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