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Child Protection: An Introduction by Chris Beckett

By Chris Beckett

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Crucially, section 1 (5) states that the court must not make an order `unless it considers doing so would be better for the child than making no order at all'. This means that when a local authority takes a case to court it needs to prove not only that a child is being harmed in her family, but that the local authority will be able to do better if an order is made. Child protection social workers should always bear this in mind, because they will often ®nd themselves in the position of being under pressure (perhaps from other agencies, family members or neighbours) to act.

If you try to form an alliance with the child against the carers, this can have effects within the family which may make things worse for the child rather than better. Likewise, if you can identify with the feelings that lead parents to abuse children, then this may help you to establish a rapport with the parents and to work constructively with them to improve things for the child. But you need to be careful not to enter into a `cosy' or collusive relationship with the parents that makes you overlook or minimize the harm they are doing to the child.

Even when a social worker has not obtained any kind of court order, she still has considerable power over families because of the possibility of applying for such an order. This is something that we should be aware of when we talk about `working in partnership' with families, or drawing up `agreements' with them. The other techniques which social workers, in collaboration with other professionals, commonly use to try and bring about change in child protection cases could, I suggest, be divided into: 1.

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