Ccyp Hsc (Intro) Essay

6198 Words Apr 21st, 2016 25 Pages
P1 The term ‘Looked After’ was first introduced in the Children Order (NI) 1995 and refers to any young people under the age of 18 who are not being cared for by their birth parents on a temporary or permanent basis and must therefore be placed into care of the government.
Whether through a Care Order, as part of short, planned breaks known as respite care or voluntary agreement of the parents (see below), social services will try wherever possible to work in partnership with the parent(s) of the child without neglecting the fact that the child’s needs are paramount. Many young people that are taken into care will eventually go back home. It is believed to be best for a child to live within a ‘family environment’
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The last two main types of residential care are hospices and potential adoptive care. If a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they may be given end­of­life care in a hospice. In other cases, if a family show interest in potentially adopting a child, he or she will live with them until the court rules that they are the legal parents ie they assume parental responsibility.
Parental responsibility means that when a decision has to be made about the child in question, such as getting a hair­cut or getting braces, they have a say in it. There are many different people who could be involved in the process of taking young people into care. If they notice certain things are ‘off’ and suspect that the child could be being mistreated, they may contact the police or social services. These people include: social workers, doctors (especially GPs), teachers, health visitors, youth workers, neighbours or even family.
Essentially these people are a big part of the child’s life and will see the child regularly, so they are the first people that will notice if something doesn’t seem normal such as drastic weight loss, extremely poor hygiene, delays in physical or psychological growth, unusual bruising patterns or withdrawn behaviour.

As mentioned previously, the main piece of legislation in Northern Ireland in relation to young people is the Children Order (NI)

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