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Making a Case in Child Protection

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Corinne WattamHome Office Advisory Group and NSPCC Research Fellow, based at University of Lancaster

ISBN13: 9780582092815
ISBN: 0582092817
Published: December 1992
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: Out of print

This book should help readers avoid falling foul of the law when making a case to protect a child.;Written by a member of the Home Office Advisory Group currently establishing a Memorandum of Good Practice for Interviewing Children, this is one of the first books to report on its implementation. It also gives information on combining the requirements of civil and criminal procedures in the investigation, and includes relevant sections of the Children Act and Working Together.;""Making a Case in Child Protection"" takes full account of controversies such as Cleveland and Rochdale. This practitioner's guide reviews practice and research to help the reader make informed choices in child protection investigative assessment and successfully construct a child protection case.;It covers such aspects as when to intervene and how. By using this book the reader should be able to act with a full understanding of: current and prospective legislation; public and social accountability; the interests, needs and rights of children and families; standards of professional practice.;The book should also allow readers to learn particularly from cases where the evidence of children has been central to the controversy surrounding the actions of social workers.

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An overview - covering Cleveland, Rochdale, Manchester, the Orkneys, the Pigot Inquiry and current legal framework; the prosecution process - what counts as evidence and how does it work?; a working model - examining models in operation; medical and forensic evidence, covering confusion between the two, the status of each and the considerations about when to obtain it; the code of practice - a practitioner's guide. (Part contents)