• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An investigation of legislation, services and provision involved in a selected case study.

Extracts from this document...


An investigation of legislation, services and provision involved in a selected case study Case study three addresses the problems of a child of mixed race named Sam. His family suffer the effects of many issues including neglect from inability to provide Sam with basic needs like food, warmth and short-term foster care, in which Sam has been in since the age of five due to his mother's long term depressive illness. Separation from siblings and ethnicity is a large issue for Sam and his family as he has been separated throughout his life and may possibly be living in foster care with others who are not his brothers and sisters. Ethnicity may become a problem in foster care also, as carers may need to provide personal requisites, leading to greater cost. Legislation has provided frameworks to integrate services and providers from official and voluntary sectors to co-ordinate support to families in these situations. Short-term foster care is designed for parents who haven't signed release forms for a child to be adopted. The aim is to return the child or young person to their own family as soon as possible. It can last from a few weeks to several months. While the child is with the foster family, they and their social worker may resolve any problems so they are able to return home. ...read more.


& Gardner, R. 1993) Voluntary agencies e.g. Save the Children relates newly identified needs or innovative ways of providing services. Their work provides health care, education and saving children from harm. Societies such as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) were established in New York, London and Glasgow. It is one of the UK's leading charities and has statutory powers to take action if a child is being suspected of abuse. The NSPCC values are based upon the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. They include children being protected from violence or any form of exploitation. Every child must have someone to turn to, children are encouraged to fulfil their potential and responsibility must be taken to support, care and respect the children. (http://www.nspcc.org.uk/html/home/aboutus/aboutus.htm). NCH is one of the most UK's leading charities. More than 480 projects are worked on at any time with over 98,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families to ensure that they reach their full potential. (http://www.nch.org.uk/default.asp). Thorpe (1995) stated that child abuse should not be applied to neglect cases involving impoverished and stressed parents. Indicators of neglect include the growth and development of the child. E.g. is the child too small for their age or the general appearance? ...read more.


This support can either be materialistic or through support programmes. (Article 27 (1)). Previously support and services that are available are linked to the removal of the child from the home or having to appear in court. Now more help is offered e.g. family centres that look at adult's perspective, the orientation of the child and a variety of methods and activities that can help make a stable environment and resolve any problems at an earlier stage, (Burden, T. 1998). Parental responsibility with respect to the child whose parents are unmarried is exclusively with the mother. The family's responsibilities are being passed on to her partner and the social services due to their mother's long term depressive illness. Sam's mother is cohabiting with her partner. A solution to the family's problems could be a Family centre. These are embedded in the values and history of child-care provision. Cigno (1988) emphasises how the services of a family centre enable the adults and children to increase their skills and confidence, (Stones, Christine 1994). In conclusion there are many issues such as neglect, fostering, parental rights, mental illnesses and ethnicity which all contribute to the difficulties in both Sam and his families lives. Both international and national legislation such as the Children's Act and government services such as Social Services with additional opportunities from non governmental and voluntary institutions support the family and aid in the solution to these problems. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Child Development - Child Study

    4 star(s)

    This is JEALOUSY because he has not really accepted his new baby sister in the family. His behaviour around his new baby sister is that he ignores her and doesn't pay much attention to her. I have looked back through my study and I noticed in visit 5 that he

  2. "I Am Sam" Essay

    Sam has an unlimited amount of love for Lucy; however he cannot provide an adequate environment for her beyond the age of eight.

  1. Child development - Study of a child

    you never know what might happen, also you don't know what is safe and what isn't safe anymore. Evaluation of FARs Activities I feel I gained a lot of information that is very useful to my research topic. I have learnt a lot about Alanya and her lifestyle and what her parents think of play as a whole.

  2. Why family structures are changing.

    Her emotional needs are very delicate she needs the proper attention from her parents but also the right amount of space to have her own time, her parents have always showed her love and given her to proper amount of responsibility, she feels trusted as she her mother like her

  1. Free essay

    The Caucasian Chalk Circle-Plot/subplot

    Scene 5. Subplot The subplot is that of Azdak. It is back in time just as the revolution was starting. He is a very clever man but is in rags and is tipsy. He sees a fugitive in the woods and hides him in his hut. He asks to look at his hands and sees he has never worked.

  2. Throughout my essay I am going to study and look at the work of ...

    still does not account for much in the contribution to the development of medical knowledge. James Simpson wanted to find something, which relieved pain during childbirth. So on the 4th of November 1847 Simpson and two other doctors experimented with the substance, 'chloroform' and doing so put themselves to sleep.

  1. English Literature Exam Essays

    by others at all; such a desire would indicate that Bazarov is not simply a lone intellectual, but actually cares about his social role. Upon investigation, it seems that not only does Bazarov want acceptance, but he is quite good at pursuing it.

  2. Health, Social Care and Early years provisions.

    The financial issue of going into a residential home The Social Services Department makes charges for care provided in all residential homes. The cost depends on the ability of the resident to pay and also on the cost of their service.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work