Parents may agree to having their child removed or ‘accommodated’ by Children’s Services under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, while an investigation and assessment is carried out.
An associated person is a person who is connected to a perpetrator of domestic violence and can apply for a Non Molestation or Occupation Order. An associated person could include a civil partner, a wife or a husband, the father or mother of the child, a family relation or a long-term partner.
CAFCASS is the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. They are an organisation who provide specialist social workers who are experienced at dealing with family problems. They carry out safeguarding checks and can prepare a report dealing with the best interests of the child(ren) involved in court proceedings.
An order governing:a) Whom a child is to live with, and b) Whom the child should have contact with and when this should occur.This replaces orders previously known as ‘Contact’ and ‘Residence’ orders.
A person who is named in a Child Arrangements Order can ask the Local Authority to provide financial support through a Child Arrangements Order allowance. You should check your Local Authority policy on Child Arrangements Order allowances for further details.
Under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989, Local Authorities have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area if they are in need. A child is in need when they are disabled or they are unlikely to achieve a reasonable standard of health or development or if a child’s health or development is likely to be significantly impaired if services are not offered to him or her.
The actions and measures taken to protect a child from abuse or ill-treatment.
This is a standardised framework for practitioners to use to assess a child’s needs to determine if any additional support should be put in place to meet these needs. Parental involvement is encouraged and parent’s consent should be obtained before an assessment is carried out.
An agreement by parties as to arrangements for children which is formally approved by the Family Court.
A Guardian can be appointed in court proceedings to act on behalf of the child who is the subject of the proceedings. A Guardian is usually a Cafcass officer who is appointed to ascertain the child’s views and to conduct proceedings on the child’s behalf. The court will only appoint a Guardian in particular circumstances, for example, when parents cannot represent the child’s wishes, a report is insufficient or a child opposes a proposed course of action. A Guardian may also be appointed if there are serious allegations of harm.
A person employed by children’s services who chairs reviews for children living in care and duty is to ensure that the care plan meets the child’s needs.
A plan agreed with the school setting out how a child’s health needs will be met, including when and by whom.
Kinship care is an arrangement where a child who cannot be cared for by their parents goes to live with a relative or a family friend.
Overall Administrative Body for your geographic area.
Children in Local Authority care who are provided with somewhere to live by Children’s Services. Parents can either agree to this, or a court can order children to be ‘looked after’.
A law giving an individual the right to ask the police to check whether a person having contact with children poses a risk to the children.
In private family law proceedings, a court can direct the Local Authority to investigate a child’s circumstances where there are welfare concerns and a Care or Supervision Order may be appropriate.
A comprehensive child protection investigation carried out by Children’s Services. The assessment will look at the child’s developmental needs, relevant family and environmental factors and the parenting capacity of the main carers for the child.
In private family law proceedings a court can ask the Local Authority and/or a CAFCASS officer to produce a report on the child’s welfare.
Orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. These are: A Child Arrangements Order, A Specific Issue Order, A Prohibited Steps Order.
In some situations there is a requirement to attempt mediation to resolve a dispute about the contents of an Education, Health and Care Plan before appealing to the First Tier Tribunal.
Every school must have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Their role is to ensure that all special needs provisions are met at the school and to ensure additional SEN support is provided to those who require extra support.
A term used to describe a child who has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for him/her.
Where a child is at risk of significant harm, a Supervision Order can be made for the Local Authority to advise, assist and befriend the child. The Local Authority will not acquire Parental