Why Is The Children Act 2004 Important

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The Children act 1989 and 2004 is important as it ensures that children will be protected and are safe from harm and are supported and cared for in the correct way. It is important for children in order to improve their lives if needed; it ensures that all services that children access treat children with the correct care and meet the child’s needs. It is important that the services are improved and meet the child’s needs so it supports the child’s welfare and health. As a result of this act being put in place there have been changes to how professionals and parents behave. The act makes sure that parents and professionals work together in order to ensure the safety of the child. It ensures that the needs of the child is always put first and …show more content…
Parents and professionals also have guidelines which they must follow to ensure the health and welfare of the child is kept paramount, this ensures that children are treated correctly and are not put in danger and harm. Another positive of the Children act is it ensures that the local authority work in partnership with the child’s parents. This is important as then both the services and parents are aware of anything that is happening in the child’s life, it is important that they communicate with each other in order to meet the child’s needs and protect the child. When making decisions they should consult each other as they need to make sure the child’s health and safety is the main focus when making a decision. The children act is also important as it gives children rights, professionals and parents should listen and respect their child’s opinion and not do anything without their consent. This act is also important for parents and guardians of the child as it allows them to have parental rights of the child and make the right decisions in order to benefit the child’s health and give them a good start in life. Parents are able to make decisions when concerning their children however their rights can suspended if the decisions they make are not for the benefit of the child and to make sure the child is kept safe …show more content…
An example of this is the Victoria Climbié case. Victoria Climbié died with 128 injuries on her body after suffering abuse from her aunt and boyfriend. She had come into contact with health professionals, police, nurses and social workers on several occasions however the abuse she was suffering was not discovered until after her death. During this case the child protection authorities had not completed their job properly as they had cancelled home visits and didn’t investigate her case further. If professionals has worked together on this case and child protection had investigated further Victoria’s death could have been prevented. Hospitals, police and social services could have worked collaboratively together and would have seen her injuries were not self-inflicted and could have provided her a better home life. After Victoria Climbié death an inquiry was held by Lord Laming. This enquiry found that services were not working together and sharing information and this was having an impact on the children. A number of recommendations were made which were acted on and revised the Children Act 2004. There is now an improved focus on ensuring that services work together and protect children from any harm. As a result

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