Where a child is thought to be suffering or likely to suffer considerable harm, the local authority is requisite under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 to make enquiries. Every Child Matters was enacted as a green paper alongside the Laming report (Laming 2003) emphasising on exploring a preventive approach pertaining to social work as opposed to reactive child protection methods. Amie Newton (4 yrs) has been brought to the hospital casualty department by her mother. On examination she is found to have a newly broken left leg. She also has an old, fading bruise at the back of her right thigh, measuring about 15cm by 1cm. She is slightly underweight and has a miserable appearance. The case study will approach its remit by exploring
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In view of Amie’s story, the study serves to refer to the (2004) Children’s Act and attempt to link the important implications of Every Child Matters protocol, that a child is required to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well being (HMSO 2003). Children's Social Care, as noted above, has the statutory duty to make or cause to be made, enquiries when the circumstances defined in Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 exist. The Police's primary responsibility is to undertake criminal investigations of suspected or definite crime. Where both Children's Social Care and the police have tasks with respect to the child, they must coordinate to ensure the comparable process of a section 47 enquiry and a criminal investigation is undertaken in the best interests of the child. Later, after interviews by a social worker and the police, the subsequent information about the Newton family circle emerges: the family lives in a badly furnished house, on an extremely underprivileged estate. They have been reliant on income support for several years.
The framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their families
(Department of Health 2000) stipulates how far assessment processing meet child needs. The Common Assessment Framework
Working together to safeguard children (2013).It is therefore probable to hypothesise that Amie’s child developmental needs were being compromised. Pringle (1986)