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Multi- agency working in. Structure. 1 Why do we have to protect children ? 1.1 Reasons for child protection 1.2 Definitions of child abuse 2 The cases of Victoria Climbié and Baby P 2.1 What went wrong in both these cases ? 3 The importance of multi - agency working

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Structure

1 Why do wehavetoprotectchildren?

1.1 Reasonsforchildprotection

1.2 Definitionsofchildabuse

2 The casesof Victoria Climbiéand Baby P

2.1 Whatwentwrong in boththesecases?

3 The importanceof multi-agencyworking

3.1 Definition of multi-agencyworking

3.2 Framework forassessment

3.3 Significantharm

3.4 Key sections

4 Who isresponsibleforchildprotection?

1 why do we have to protect children
1 Why do wehavetoprotectchildren?

1.1 Reasons for child protection

Children are protected against:

  • accidents
  • the consequences of poverty
  • underdevelopment
  • child abuse and sexual abuse
  • illness
  • suicide
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1.2 Definitionsofchildabuse

  • physicalabuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect
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Victoria:

  • born on 2nd November 1991 in Abidjan
  • October 2008: movedto France, laterto London
  • from 14July 1999 toFebruary 2000: victimofphysicaland sexual abuseby her great-auntand her boyfriend
  • severallocalauthoritiesinvolved
  • 25February 2000: Victoria‘sdeath
  • Death causedby multiple injuriesarisingfrommonthsofill-treatmentandabuse
  • 128 separate injuriesfound on her body
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Baby P:

  • born on 1March 2006 in London
  • from 18 September 2006 to August 2007: Baby P sufferedmorethan 50 injuries
  • Baby P registered forphysicalabuseandneglect
  • he was seennearly 60 timesbylocalauthorities
  • 3 August 2007: Baby P‘sdeath
  • He had a broken back, brokenribs, severalbruises, a thoothmissingandmarks on hishead
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2.2 Whatwentwrongin thesecases?

  • failureofthesystemincludingagencies, socialworkers, doctors …
  • poorgathering, recordingandsharingofinformation
  • lack ofurgency, action in responsetoreasonableinference
  • not enoughchecking on theparents
  • agenciesacting in isolationwithouteffectiveco-ordination andco-operation
  • poorchildprotectionplans
  • failure in implementingtheChildrenAct
3 the importance of multi agency working
3 The importanceof multi-agencyworking

3.1 Definition of multi-agencyworking

  • all agenciesworkingtogether
  • informationsharingandgoodcommunication
  • noagencyhasthe total responsibilityforthesafetyof a child
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3.2 Framework forassessment

child‘sdevelopmentalneeds

parentingcapacity

Child

family & enviromentalfactors

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3.3 Significantharm

  • a conceptoftheChildrenAct 1989
  • justifiesinterventionintofamilylife
  • ChildrenAct 1989 replacesthepubliclaw
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3.4 The keysections

  • S.17 Provision ofservicesforchildren in need, theirfamiliesandothers
  • S.20 Provision ofaccommodationforchildren
  • S.31 Care andsupervisionorders
  • S.44 Orders foremergencyprotectionofchildren
  • S.47 Localauthorities´ dutytoinvestigate
  • S.8 Private laworders
4 who is responsible for child protection
4. Who isresponsibleforchildprotection?

Police

Teachers

HealthVisitor

Social Services Department

Doctorsandnurses

Socialworker