Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child Iain McKay, NSPCC. Iain McKay Assessing the Risk Protecting the Child (ARPC). ARPC is for families where;.
(A) a man who that has been convicted of sexual offences against children or young people in the past and is not on any orders within the criminal justice system, or
(B) a man where allegations of sexual abuse of children or young people have been made and a view has been formed that they represent an risk to children.
and, where the man is living in a family with a partner/potential protective carer and children/young people, or
they are planning to move in to a family to live with children/young people, or
they are planning in having contact with children/young people.
Risk Assessment of the Adult Male
“Voice of the Child” sessions with each child
Assessing & Working with partners / protective carers
OFFENCE SUPPORTIVE ATTITUDES
1) On the balance of probabilities ……
…… something has happened
2).. and because of that….
3) .. a child is likely to suffer significant harm
“… Likely is being used in the sense of a real possibility ….
.. a possibility that cannot sensibly be ignored….
…having regard for the nature and gravity of the feared harm in the particular case”
Local Authority children’s social care is required to ascertain the child’s wishes and feelings and to give due consideration to the child’s wishes and feelings having regard to their age and understanding ..
Section 53 Children Act 2004
“Everyone involved in child protection should pursue child-centred working and recognise children and young people as individuals with rights including their right to participation in decisions about them in line it their age and maturity”.
The Munro review of child protection : Final report E Munro 2011 Dept. For Education pp 23
The perpetrator places themselves between the child and the protectors. This is also referred to as the ‘groomed environment’ (Wolf, 1984 - cited by Smith, 1994
The protectors place themselves effectively between the child and the perpetrators.