Recommendations of The Children's Act 2004 (A children’s commissioner…
Recommendations of The Children's Act 2004
The 2004 Act required a
‘Director of Children’s Services’
who will be accountable for children’s services. These services will be inspected and departments will have their
performance levels ‘rated’
so that the accountability set out as a requirement under the Act can be clearly seen.
An ‘information database’ has been established
. This will make it easier for professional care workers to network and share information about children for whom they are concerned.
Local safeguarding children’s boards have been established
to co-ordinate child protection procedures more effectively (you can phone one of these to report a case of child abuse instead of ringing social services.)
will be required to produce plans for children that take into consideration their special needs and which make children aware of the forward planning that is intended.
Social Services departments will have their
Children’s services will be inspected and a new
will be put in place.
was called for following the Victoria Climbie case following recommendation from Lord Laming
Initiate enquiries on behalf of children
Find out about the needs of children and young people and seek their views
Roles & Responsibilities
Advises the Secretary of State on the rights, views and interests of children.
Responsible for promoting and protecting children’s rights.
Investigate specifically the needs and interests of children and young people
Current Children’s Commissioner for England is
Anne Longfield OBE
It is recommended for
each Local Authority
in England to make arrangements to
promote co-operation between the following;
The authority, Each of the authority’s relevant partners & Persons or bodies engaged in activities in relation to children in the authority’s area.
Made with a view to protect & maintain:
Physical and mental health and emotional well-being
Protection from harm and neglect
Education, training and recreation
The contribution made by them to society
Social and economic well-being
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCBs)
of the Children’s act 2004, it co-ordinates the responsibilities of each person or body representative of the board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
The Secretary of State may advise or make provision for procedures to be followed by a Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Health professionals are in a strong position to identify welfare needs or safeguarding concerns
regarding individual children and, where appropriate, provide support.
To effectively recognise any concerns, health professionals must therefore be able to;
*Understanding risk factors,
Communicate effectively with children and families,
Liaise with other agencies,
Recognise and assess needs and capacity,
Respond to those needs and contribute to multi-agency assessments and reviews.
All staff working in healthcare settings - including those who predominantly treat adults - should receive training to ensure they attain the competences appropriate to their role and follow the relevant professional guidance. 14,15,16 in the Children Act 2004.
Recommendations of the Childrens Act 2004 ensure The Chief Inspector of Schools devise a Framework for Inspection of Children’s Services