Child centred-social workers

Child centred
The child should be seen (alone when appropriate) by the lead social worker (Local authority children’s social care is required by the Children Act 1989 (as amended by section 53 of the Children Act 2004) to ascertain the child’s wishes and feelings and to give due consideration to the child’s wishes and feelings having regard to their age and understanding, when determining what (if any) services to provide.) in addition to all other professionals who have a responsibility for the child’s welfare. His or her welfare should be kept sharply in focus in all work with the child and family. The significance of seeing and observing the child cannot be overstated. The child should be spoken and listened to, and their wishes and feelings ascertained, taken into account (having regard to their age and understanding) and recorded when making decisions about the provision of services. Some of the worst failures of the system have occurred when professionals have lost sight of the child and concentrated instead on their relationship with the adults

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