Social Services Child Protection
Social Services Child Protection is designed to safeguard children who may be at risk of harm, be it from members of their own families or from others.
Under the Children Act 1989, social services have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable children. In order to discharge this duty, they provide a number of different services to children and parents, coordinated by the family’s social worker. Unfortunately in recent times, social services have earned themselves a bad reputation for acting either too heavy-handedly, or even totally unnecessarily. Cries of “Social services took my child” have unfortunately become all too common in today’s media. This has led to a not-totally-misplaced anxiety at any involvement from social services in a family. So while there are many aspects of social services support that are valid, these are not necessarily what comes to the forefront of the mind when social services come calling.