Unit 1: Laying the Foundations for Safe Child Care Practice

Learning Outcomes

In completing this Unit you will be able to:

  1. Identify the six key Principles which underpin the Children Act, 1989 and explain how they minimise the likelihood of making errors by encouraging balanced practice.
  2. Explain how child protection practice is prone to both errors of omission and commission.
  3. Identify the factors which underpin the need to make the child’s welfare paramount.
  4. Explain what is meant by the welfare checklist and what issues are covered.
  5. Outline how and why we need ascertain the child’s wishes and how they should be considered.
  6. Describe the no order principle and how this principle should be put into practice.
  7. Describe the principle of no delay and explain how delay may affect children.
  8. Outline the principle of parental responsibility and how this can be applied in practice.
  9. Describe how parental responsibility is determined when particular orders are in force.
  10. Outline examples of the principle of partnership in the Children Act, 198, and how this is applied in some practice situations.
  11. Describe some of the ways that the Children Act ensures the child’s views are taken into account and how this can be put into practice.
  12. Identify the services the law requires local authorities to make available to all children, outlining services specifically available to children in need, and how these may be rationed.
  13. Explain who might be classed as a child in need under Section 17.
  14. Describe why agencies should work together to meet need and the role played by the Common Assessment Framework.
  15. Describe the criteria for courts making Section 8 Orders.
  16. Specify the nature of and conditions for the use of a :
    1. Child Arrangements Order (live with).
    2. Child Arrangements Order (contact with).
    3. Prohibited Steps Order.
    4. Specific Issue Order.
  17. Describe Family Assistance Orders and outline the circumstances in which they may be used.
  18. Explain how adoption services and adoption agencies are regulated and how children may be adopted either on a voluntary or statutory basis.
  19. Describe the legal provisions around information and disclosure and their limitations when undertaking identity work.
  20. Identify changes made by the Children and Families Act, 2014 and explain the purpose of Special Guardianship Orders.
  21. Explain the term ‘domestic violence’, how it is affected by issues of privacy and human rights, and describe the legislation which tackles it.
  22. Be clear as to the boundaries that mark off domestic violence from child protection.

NOTE: Unit 2 will follow soon