• Scope and depth of the problem.
• Countries experiencing the issue that are faring significantly better or worse than others.
I have been placed in a statutory placement with a local authority working within a frontline child protection team. This team manages the child protection and child in need cases on a long-term basis that have been passed on from the children’s assessment team. It is the responsibility of a social worker within a child protection team to recognise and address any potential risk of significant harm to a child, as outlined in the Children’s Act 1989. The local authority has a duty to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of any child in need within their area (Davies, 2012). The team will carry out assessments to determine the needs of the child; using a strengths-based and holistic approach; considering the needs of the whole family within its social context (Davies, 2012). The objective is to facilitate and support children and their families to solve their own problems. Following these assessments, it is the role of the social worker, with support from a team manager to determine the level of risk to the child and outline the next steps. In some cases, this will be a referral to another service to offer support in the areas of need. In other cases, it is necessary for the case to be placed on a plan. Each case will vary and with direction from the Children’s Act 1989, the level of risk involved will determine whether the case be placed on a child in need plan, as per section 17 of the Act, or whether section 47 safeguarding enquiries should be made, with a view to progress to a child protection plan.>GET ANSWER