Children At Risk Of Abuse And Critically Examine Its Impact For Safeguarding Children

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Explore what support is available to children at risk of abuse and critically examine its impact for safeguarding children. Introduction – 411 words Recently researchers have shown an increased interest on how looked after children are more vulnerable to neglect and abuse even aftercare. This essay gives a clear understanding and context as to why looked after children in aftercare are still in a vulnerable position. The term “Looked after Children” (LAC) is generally used with a local authority team involved with responsibility for improving the educational progress and attainment of children looked after by the authority (NSPCC, 2014, p.28-30). Looked after children are more prone to mental, physical, emotional and social neglect and abuse due to the fact they are not being supported, feeling lonely and isolated from society and services (SCIE, 2014). Risk factors associated with child maltreatment can be grouped in four domains: parent or caregiver factors, family factors, child factors and environmental factors (Bentovim, 2009, p.22-24). These four domains are critical in understanding how to effectively support the child, professionals use these domains to zone in one the specific areas of risk and then work outwards on assessing how to help. Theorists such as: John Bowlby first outlined his theory of attachment and its central role in child development. Attachment theory is a theory of personality development in the context of close relationships. Although
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