Table of Contents
- 1 Why would social services investigate?
- 2 What happens when social services get a referral?
- 3 What are the stages of social services?
- 4 Why do social services get involved?
- 5 Why do social workers do unannounced visits?
- 6 Can you refuse a social worker?
- 7 Do both parents have to sign section 20?
- 8 Do both parents have to agree to a section 20?
The local authority must investigate if they have good reason to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering (or is likely to suffer) significant harm. a child at risk of significant harm. This is known as a section 47 investigation.
What happens when Children’s Services receive a referral? When information is received, by way of a referral, which indicates that there are concerns about the safety and well-being of a child, Children’s Services have 24 hours to decide what type of response is required.
What are the stages of Social Services intervention?
- Social Services Intervention. There can be varying degrees of involvement Social Services have with a family and sometimes it can happen when a family least expects it.
- Early Help:
- Child in Need:
- Strategy Meeting:
- Child Protection:
Why social services may become involved A parent or other adult family member or an older child may request family support services from social services at times of stress or for help regarding a particular child or family problem.
Unannounced visits offer the Social Worker the opportunity to see the child and the carers without the pre- planning processes that may have occurred prior to a planned or expected visit. This will provide a balanced perspective of the quality of life for the child in the home.
Except in the case of child protection, involuntary psychiatric care (which is if you are suspected of being a danger to yourself or others based on mental illness), or possibly mandatory treatment ordered by the criminal justice system, you usually can refuse to see a social worker.
Do both parents have to sign section 20?
Parents must have received all of the relevant information before agreeing to sign a section 20 Agreement. You should be given written confirmation of the agreement, which you’ll be expected to sign.
Do both parents have to agree to a section 20?
Every parent has the right to consent, if they have the capacity to do so, to a section 20 agreement. Every social worker is under a personal duty to be satisfied that the person giving the consent has the capacity to do so.