Safeguarding Children

The law outline notes Social care

The Key sections of The Children Act 1989 which relate to Safeguarding issues and you are:

·       Section 1 CA1989

When a Court determines any question with respect to he upbringing of a child, the administration of a child’s property or the application of any income arising from it, the child’s welfare shall be the Court’s paramount consideration.

·       Section 17 (child in need section)

“It shall be the general duty of every Local Authority to Safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area who are in need and so far as it is consistent with that duty to promote the upbringing of such children by their Families”

·       Section 17 (10) Definition of Child in Need

Child in need is defined by Section 17 (10) as one who is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by a Local Authority health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision of such services, or is disabled.

The law

·       Section 47 (child protection section)

“Where a Local Authority has reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found in their area is, or is likely to, suffer significant harm, they shall make or cause to be made such enquiries as they consider necessary to enable them to decide what action to take to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare’’.