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Unit 10 caring for children and young people

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´╗┐Unit 10 Caring for children & young people P1-There are many different reasons why children and young people may need to be looked after which are unforeseen, unexpected and planned situations. Common reasons could involve family related issues including: family breakdown, bereavement, loss of parent, illness or incapacity of a parent such as: hospitalisation, substance misuse or mental health needs, which means there is no one else to provide care. A Child or young person are suspected or actually being maltreated. Children and young person related: health issues, behavioural problems, disability, learning difficulties or rejection by parent as a result of a new partner or because of the child or young person?s behaviour. The child or young person could be suspected or actually being abused: physically, sexually and/or verbally. A child or young person could be abandoned by a parent and have no one to provide care for them. The parent, child or young person may have committed a crime. If a child or young person truants school they could be placed into the foster care system. 1. Family breakdown- This is when families are destructed by separation or divorce of the parents. This can cause children to be distraught and confused by their parents decisions to separate or divorce. There can be many reasons that cause family breakdowns but whatever the reasons when a family breakdown occurs the child/children can experience a mix of emotions from this event such as: depression, guilt and withdrawal. Regrettably for most parents they do not meet the child's needs or give them the support they need as they can be caught up in the conflict that the separation has caused. The parents can make the mistake of not talking to their child/children about the circumstances making the child/children feeling forgotten and disheartened. The parents may think that they are protecting their child/children from the grief the separation has caused but this can only leave the child/children confused by what is happening to their family and can ...read more.


To know their rights and have access to them. 2. To live a healthy and safe life. 3. To have a stable and supportive family/home. 4. To be confident and caring individuals. 5. To advance and make the best of their skills and abilities. 6. To have access to education. 7. To be listened to and treated with respect. Paramountcy Priciple This principle comes from the Family Law Act 1975 and was declared that best interests of the child are to be looked at as the paramount consideration creating particular decisions for the child's welfare and health are at stake. The rule has continued in significant legislation and the paramountcy principle is referred to in courts. 1. Paramountcy 2. Determining any question with respect to a child, the welfare of the child should be the paramount concern. 3. The court should be aware that any delay is probably going to be damaging for the child. 4. No order should be made in court in the child's presence unless doing so would benefit the child. 5. Every child should be treated as an individual in court by being listened to and respected by the court. 6. The upbringing of a child is generally accountable to the parents. 7. The local authority should aim to work closely with the child, parents, carers and other relevant parties involved. 8. Opportunity to participate in the decision process should be allowed to the child, parents, carers and other relevant parties involved, 9. Before all decisions are made the child, parents, carers and other relevant parties involved should all be agreed with. 10. If the parents and children are aware of powers, duties and any actions that local authorities will make successful partnership with be achieved. Consultation, cooperation and co-ordination are all central to the Children?s Act and crucial to the success of child protection work is the principle that all departments of the Local Authority and the other relevant agencies including: police, health and voluntary organisations, should consult, co-operate and coordinate their activities to achieve the best result for the child and/or their family. ...read more.


The assessment should distinguish the needs of a child or young person and can be the beginning stage of a longer course of action for support and likely intervention. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989- This is an international agreement which recognizes the right of every child and young person. It?s composed of 54 articles enclosing a matter of rights. These entail the right to respect, the right to protection from sexual abuse, the right to education and the right to a life. The convention also protects children and young people that live away from home, and who are disabled, are equally treated and that their particular needs are met. Common Assessment Framework- This is a key part of delivering important services that are integrated and focused around the needs of children and young people. It is a standardised method used by practitioners to assess children's additional needs and decide how these should be met. It is a method used to identify the strengths and needs of a child and to put a plan into place a plan to approach any unmet needs. A Common Assessment Framework form is regularly filled in by one of the professionals working with the child. They will then arrange a team meeting to discuss the contents of the form with all the professionals working with the child and their family. The whole process is voluntary and both child and family are involved with every single stage of the process. The role of CAFCASS and the local authorities? policies and procedures- The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service looks after the importance of the child involved in family proceedings. CAFCASS work with the child and family and will inform the Courts of what action they believe is in the best interest of the child. If an application is assigned to the court in connection to the child then it is likely CAFCASS will get involved. Reference: www.harcourt.co.uk/btechsc http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do.htm http://www.cafcass.gov.uk/ http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/the-work-we-do/childline-services/childline/childline_wda90547.html http://familylives.org.uk/advice/what-might-happen-if-your-child-continues-truant www.scscourt.org. http://www.bwsted.com/en/about/what-is-the-cypp http://www.nfa.co.uk/ http://www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk/pages/childrens-homes.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061597/Children-broken-homes-times-likely-run-away.html http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/documents/HealthyCareBriefingbereavementandloss.pdf ...read more.

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