It is extremely easy to open up the child protection system.A child protection referral is a request for services under s17(1).The request for services must result in NFA or a plan of the child's developmental outcomes and s17(1) services to promote those outcomes.If the case goes to court in public law, s31(2)significant impairment of health and development is measured by the child's developmental outcomes. Ill treatment should dealt with under s47.There is a statutory requirement under s2 Part 1 Schedule 2 for the local authority to publish these s17(1) services.The process for assessment of a referral is described in the statutory guidance Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families. Re B says this guidance must be followed in public law applications. This is all it takes to open up the whole process.
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