Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children by Karen Broadhurst, Chris Grover, Janet Jamieson

By Karen Broadhurst, Chris Grover, Janet Jamieson

A serious and evidence-based overview of present and destiny baby defense coverage and practice.: presents evidence-based viewpoint with an up to date evaluation of coverage and perform; Covers numerous disciplinary obstacles; is going past mere description to permit engagement in serious research of varied coverage components as they relate to teenagers and families.

content material: serious views on Safeguarding little ones; Contents; checklist of participants; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1 creation: Safeguarding Children?; 2 Safeguarding youngsters: ancient Context and present panorama; three each kid's Rights subject; four baby Poverty; five the typical evaluate Framework: potent Innovation for kids and youngsters with 'Additional wishes' or just extra Technical Hype?; 6 Arguing the Case in Safeguarding; 7 Safeguarding young children via Parenting help: How Does each father or mother Matter?

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The Act sought to establish threshold criteria for child protection inquiries and court proceedings (‘significant harm’ and risk of harm), amended the orders that could be made by the court, set out the powers and duties of the police and local authority to protect children where harm or risk of future harm was indicated or suspected, and required that, where children were made the subject of a court order, a plan for their welfare and protection was available for consideration at the hearing. At the same time the Act, or its accompanying guidance and regulations, clearly established the principles for child care practice, including: acknowledging parental responsibility and the importance of the birth family; the paramountcy principle in relation to the child’s welfare; working in partnership with parents and professionals; and the importance of supporting families, as well as protecting children from harm (Allen, 2005; Department of Health [DoH], 1989).

With regard to the former, security is a major issue after recent high profile losses of electronically stored data by government departments or those contracted to work on their behalf. This has led to a delay in the nationwide introduction of ContactPoint despite its centrality to New Labour’s information-sharing vision. Staffing and training are also a concern if accurate, up-to-date databases are to be properly established and maintained P1: OTA/XYZ c02 P2: ABC JWBK382-Broadhurst 32 August 7, 2009 10:27 Printer Name: Yet to Come Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children for an ever-changing population of children.

Munro and Calder (2005) warn that eliminating the terms ‘child protection’, ‘abuse’ and ‘risk’ from the vocabulary (and practice) of child welfare is likely to result in a loss of focus on the victims of abuse and a failure to acknowledge both the specificity of child abuse work and the difficulties of working with parents suspected of abuse. New Labour, however, clearly wished to set an agenda for child welfare which embraced a much wider concern ‘with parenting, early intervention, supporting the family and regenerating the community more generally’ (Parton, 2007, p.

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