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What powers and duties does the Children Act (1989) give to Social Services that would be relevant in this situation? Give reasons for your answer.

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Safeguarding Children: Case Study-Jenny and Anne Arbroath Q1: What concerns do you have about Jenny and Anne? The flat is cold, no central heating and no washing machine, this would make living more difficult for the family and my increase the risk of colds, flu and even hypothermia if the flat is too cold. Jenny has never had contact with her biological father; this absence could leave Jenny feeling unwanted and maybe slightly withdrawn from Len if he has not been a replacement father figure. It could also have a slight impact on her social development, however this is not always so because so many children are left without their biological father. Sarah and Len's level of parental knowledge is lacking and there is small levels of support services available to them. It is more obvious in Len's approach rather than Sarah's. The Health Visitor described Jenny as "rather placid and uncurious." This could be down to lack of stimulation from Len and Sarah, raises attachment issues. Jenny and Anne may have witnessed domestic violence between Len and Sarah, this causes concern for the emotional impact this may have on them. We would need to find out if Sarah is capable of protecting them from the risk of possible harm. ...read more.


After referral an initial assessment is required is to be completed within seven working days of the referral. The evidence would have found Jenny and Anne to be 'children in need.' Section 47 of the Children's Act 1989 places a duty on the local authority to conduct an inquiry if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child ... in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm. It would then be down to the social worker's duty to lead a core assessment. In Jenny and Anne's case we would need to look at Len's acknowledged short term temper, he may feel that he would not behave like this again, but how can we be sure of this? We would need to gather more information from the assessment. Once a decision has been made, preventative measures would have been put in place as directed by section 17 of the Children's Act (1989) which outlines the provision of services for children in need. "It is the general duty of every Local Authority to Safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need and so far as is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those children's needs." ...read more.


Q6: There are a number of different agencies who could be involved with the family, can you identify who they might be and what their roles would be in order to work effectively together and safeguard Jenny and Anne's welfare? There are wide ranges of agencies that may work with the family. Each of these playing an important role is working effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of Jenny and Anne. Anger management specialists for Len would involve Social Services, Education, Employment and Training agencies. Health care professionals for the whole family would involve the Health Visitor, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatrician, Alcohol Misuse Team, Child Psychiatrists and a Family Therapist. The housing department would be able to introduced community based support such as Woman's Aid, Sure Start, Nurseries, Day Centres, Police, Probation Officers and family support teams. It is important to introduce these support teams at the beginning of any assessment as it gives the family support that they so dearly need. Good practice is essential when working with families, it is important to apply this from the first point of contact with the family and continued throughout the referral. Interagency working promotes the importance of communication, information sharing and awareness of roles and responsibilities of all agencies and professionals involved in working with the children and family. ?? ?? ?? ?? 0404650 Word Count: 1,620 1 ...read more.

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