Unit 1: Laying the Foundations for Safe Child Care Practice
In completing this Unit you will be able to:
- 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.
- Explain how child protection practice is prone to both errors of omission and commission.
- Identify the factors which underpin the need to make the child’s welfare paramount.
- Explain what is meant by the welfare checklist and what issues are covered.
- Outline how and why we need ascertain the child’s wishes and how they should be considered.
- Describe the no order principle and how this principle should be put into practice.
- Describe the principle of no delay and explain how delay may affect children.
- Outline the principle of parental responsibility and how this can be applied in practice.
- Describe how parental responsibility is determined when particular orders are in force.
- Outline examples of the principle of partnership in the Children Act, 198, and how this is applied in some practice situations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Explain who might be classed as a child in need under Section 17.
- Describe why agencies should work together to meet need and the role played by the Common Assessment Framework.
- Describe the criteria for courts making Section 8 Orders.
- Specify the nature of and conditions for the use of a :
- Child Arrangements Order (live with).
- Child Arrangements Order (contact with).
- Prohibited Steps Order.
- Specific Issue Order.
- Describe Family Assistance Orders and outline the circumstances in which they may be used.
- Explain how adoption services and adoption agencies are regulated and how children may be adopted either on a voluntary or statutory basis.
- Describe the legal provisions around information and disclosure and their limitations when undertaking identity work.
- Identify changes made by the Children and Families Act, 2014 and explain the purpose of Special Guardianship Orders.
- Explain the term ‘domestic violence’, how it is affected by issues of privacy and human rights, and describe the legislation which tackles it.
- Be clear as to the boundaries that mark off domestic violence from child protection.