Law Assignment for Child Protection Essay

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Law Essay Case Study of Stephanie and Stephen.

This essay shall be based on the assumption that I am a Local authority social worker given the case referral of Stephanie and Stephen. The essay shall be focusing on the laws, policy and procedures that will guide through the assessment process of this case and how these can be used to meet the needs of all concerned. The assignment includes discussions on some of the key aspects of framework for the assessment of children in need and their families and The Children’s Act 1989, in particular section 17, duty to safeguard and I will incorporate anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.

Stephanie and Stephen are under the age of 18, this therefore puts them into the
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Under s.27 (7.4) of the Children Act 1989 the school is obliged by law to assist me with any additional information that might be of help to this particular case. (www.legislation.) It is the school that expressed concern and by acting upon this they then completed and sent a Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
“The CAF is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all children's services and Local areas in England. It aims to help the early identification of children's additional needs and promote co-ordinated service provisions to meet them” (

I may also make enquires to the police as to whether there has been any reported incidents, especially taking into account that there is issues of substance misuse and domestic violence. When domestic violence is added into the equation it is clear that the children could be at risk of significant harm. “Child witnesses of domestic violence greatly impacts upon children’s development causing emotional harm”.(Mullander et al 2002: 6)
Under Section 120 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 states that: “Children living in households where domestic violence is happening are now identified as "at risk" under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. From 31 January 2005, Section 120 of this act extended the legal definition of harming children to include harm suffered by seeing or hearing ill treatment of others.



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