Social Work Law And Social Policy

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Social work law and social policy The children’s parents both agree that they cannot provide a suitable safe home life for their children. The children are now living with their grandmother and they are happy and thriving. Although there is concern that her health will have an impact on her ability to care for the children long term and the local authority has recommended adoption for the children. However, the grandmother also has two other grown up children, one of whom is an adult. These relatives support the grandmother and have agreed to look after the children in the future if the grandmother can no longer do so. This essay will focus on laws and policies that Provide framework for social work practice and give guidance for good…show more content…
The Act mainly focuses on children’s welfare and keeping families together. The acts main focus is on keeping families together and states removing children from their homes should always be a last resort when support and guidance has failed. In section 1 of the Act there is a welfare checklist which consists of seven principles that courts must give consideration to the wishes and feelings of children, their physical, emotional and learning needs, features which will be applicable to the court’s conclusion, The possible outcome on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the court’s decision, any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering and the capability of children’s parents (inbrief helping with life’s legal issues, n.d). Under section 17 of The Children Act (1989) it is the local authority’s (LA) duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area who are in need. The children from the case study are both classed as in need as they were witnesses to unsafe drug abuse and were living in a dirty home (Coram CLC Children’s legal Centre ,2014). Once there is a suitable reason for concern it is the local authority’s duty to investigate the case further under section 47 of The Children Act (1989) the authority shall make enquiries to establish whether they should take any action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare (, 2014). Following
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