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CARING FOR CHILDREN. Care arrangements, roles, regulations and responsibilities

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Care arrangements, roles, regulations and responsibilities What care is available to a child/young person? How is this care organised to ensure that the child/young person's best interest come first? Foster Care People who would like to become foster carers have to pass rigorous checks and clear an enhanced CRB, They also have to go through numerous tests and interviews. Also there family members and close friends all have to be considered and CRB checked. Respite Care Respite care is a particular type of care which is planned to try and fit in with things such as family holidays and with families to allow them to have a little break with children who require constant attention. This care also has care plans for each and every child/young person who may hold residence there throughout the year, these care plans are updated and they meet the needs of both the child and family. Adoption Before you can adopt parents and family members again are put through different tests and checks. A CRB is carried out and the organisation will interview referees who know you and your family as well as organise for you to have a full medical examination. Once you are consider suitable for adoption you then have to be matched with the right child. This works by making sure that you will meet the needs of a child, this process can take many months and possibly years! Residential care The child is removed from the home only as a last resort, for their own safety and well-being or the safety or others, since out-of-home care is regarded as very disruptive to the child. ...read more.

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In order to protect children the social workers carry out many different procedures. One is if the parent or guardian of any child becomes a possible threat to the child in any way e.g. they could have been arrested for violence/drug or alcohol misuse, if the parent suffered from a serious injury/ disease that means they are unable to care for the child or if they are diagnosed with a mental illness or depression. This means that the social services will carry out multiple visits to check if the child/children are being cared for properly and provide any extra help or advice to those who need it. It is also their responsibility to determine if a child is not being looked after properly and therefore be placed into temporary care. A second professional that is also very important within regards to 'looked after' are teachers, they are responsible for educating a child/young person's as well as providing a safe and secure environment for children, as well as ensuring that no harm will come to the child/young persons anywhere. It is a teachers responsibility to look out for any signs that a child/young person is being mistreated or abused, they need to look out for things such as: the child may seem withdrawn, depressed, or have any physical markings. If they do spot a sign they think may be due to abuse then they need to refer it in a professional way e.g. they would not go up to the parent/career and suddenly start shouting accusations. It is also the teachers responsibility to prevent any abuse happening in the future, confidentiality is a huge part of preventing harm to a child, it comes under the data protection act which ensures that a child/young person's information should not be shared. ...read more.

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certain tests such as CRB check, initial test as well as constant staff training and reports on how staff are working in general. Ofsted also have the power to shut down places where children are looked after if they don't meet certain requirements to ensure that all children are treated equally and all have a good start in life. On 3rd August 2007 at approximately 11.30 am Ms A called the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to her home address. The attending paramedics took the apparently lifeless body of a child (aged 17 months) to the North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH). The post-mortem examination revealed Baby P had suffered: � Eight broken ribs and a broken back, with another area of bleeding around the spine at neck level. � Numerous bruises, cuts and abrasions, including a deep tear to his left ear lobe, which had been pulled away from his head. � Severe lacerations to the top of his head, including a large gouge which could have been caused by a dog bite. � Blackened finger- and toenails, with several nails missing; the middle finger of his right hand was without a nail and its tip was also missing, as if it had been sliced off. � A tear to his fraenulum, the strip of skin between the middle of the upper lip and the gum, which had partially healed. � One of his front teeth had also been knocked out and was found in his colon. He had swallowed it. (BBC news 2008) The CSF now have regulations to help put a stop to child abuse and there regulations state things that must be done if there is even a slight chance you think a child is being abused. ...read more.

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There was some good work here: shows awareness of safeguarding procedures in educational organisations such as schools and colleges, and the need for staff to receive training in CP matters. Professionals who may work with children were correctly identified, although at times there is confusion about the roles they play in the safeguarding process. Some more reading around the roles of various professionals in such issues is required. Also, there is mention of departments or Acts that do not exist (CSF, and some laws for instance), which also indicates the need for further reading of up to date material. There were some spelling and grammar errors - do proof-read carefully.

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