Transitions in Children

3658 WordsJun 17, 201315 Pages
Identify risk and resilience factors for the young person concerned as they go through the process of transitions. You should evaluate how the legal framework can support the young person’s transition. The young person this case study is about is a young boy named Tom; he is one years old and is currently in foster care due to his grandparents having concerns about his mother’s ability to care for him. Toms mum is called Carol and is only seventeen years old, she has been spending less time with Tom since starting college and she has a very active social life which does not involve Tom. Tom has had several house moves in his life and has no secure attachments. There are many universal transitions that children go through in their lives…show more content…
As Tom has been taken in to emergency care an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) s.44 would have been put in place. An Emergency Protection Order is a short term order that either: (A) Removes the child on a short term basis; (B) Allows the child to be kept in a place of safety (for instance, a hospital); (C) Requires the alleged abuser to leave the family home. (Brayne, 2003: 351) Parents are able to appeal this order after 72 hours and anyone including the child can contest it. It may be likely that Carol will appeal this order as she has already been to social services demanding Tom be given back to her but it is also likely that Carol’s parents will contest her appeal as they are worried for Toms welfare. Carol would keep parental responsibility for Tom unless he gets adopted. The parental responsibility can be shared if an Interim Care Order s.38 or a Care Order s.31 is put in place, this responsibility only relates to safeguarding and not decisions such as haircuts. An Interim Care Order can last up to 8 weeks; it can be renewed for up to 28 days at a time. An unlimited number of interim care orders can be made. (Hobart, 2005:75) If Tom is seen as a
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