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The Process of Child Protection In this assignment I will discuss the 3 different methods of referral and show the difference between the three types.

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The Process of Child Protection In this assignment I will discuss the 3 different methods of referral and show the difference between the three types. I will also describe the process that is involved when a child is referred because of suspected abuse. There are 3 types of referral that a person could make if they suspect a child is being harmed. The first is a professional referral and this can be made from doctors, teacher or a health visitor's that will see the child either on a regular basis or will know and maybe have an understanding of the child's family life, for example a teacher would see the child every week and a doctor would have a record of the child and family's background. An example of a professional referral could be if a child was to be taken into a doctor's surgery because they have come up with an unexplainable rash and as the doctor is checking the child over there are clear signs of fresh bruises and cuts on the child's back and on the back of their neck and legs, it is clear that there is potential abuse taking place as these bruises do not usually occur from a fall in the school playground. It is then the doctor's job to report the child's state to social services as there is concern that the child is being physically hurt. ...read more.

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If they decide that action has to be taken then they will need to do an initial assessment on the child and their family home. An example of this would be to go out to the family home and speak to friends and neighbours, talk to the child suspected to be abused and speak to the family including any sibling. If they then decide that they are concerned about the child's safety they will then have to go away and discuss what to do next. There are 3 stages that they can follow, they can either come to the decision that the child is not in danger and close the case with close supervision to ensure the correct decision has been made or they can implement an s47 which means that there are concerns of the child's safety. If once the s47 has been taken out it is decided that the abuse can be prevented then this would be the next stage. An example of this could be that the parents drink a lot and have said that they will get the help they need and stop this and social services think it is genuine then they can offer the help and support necessary. Sometimes cases are more in depth and detailed than the example just given and if this was the case then there would be more procedures to follow, it could be that the child is removed from the parents care until the issue is resolved or taken away for good depending on the seriousness of the case. ...read more.

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The PPO allows police officers to go into the child's home and remove the child from the situation; the police are only allowed to take the child away for 72 hours without consent from the parents or carers. Usually there will be somewhere for the child to go, this could mean that they be placed in foster care, however the police try to keep the child within the family unit, so the child may get put into a home with an older brother or sister, aunty, uncle or grandma rather than being sent to a stranger so the child will feel comfortable; at ease and relaxed rather than being upset and distressed as they are in a strange, unknown environment. If the violent parent has been taken out of the family home, and the case has been resolved the child would then return home, however if the child has nowhere to go once the police has taken the child out of the family home and the 72 hours are running out, the police would then apply for an EPO. An EPO stands for emergency protection order which is given by the court although lots of evidence has to be provided for this to be given as to why the child cannot return home for the court to grant this, once granted the EPO will only last up to 8 days. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emma Teague Child Protection PW2N - AO3 ...read more.

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