Journal Article

Working Together to Protect Children on the Child Protection Register: Myth or Reality

JAN HORWATH and MARTIN C. CALDER

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 6, pages 879-895
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011406
Working Together to Protect Children on the Child Protection Register: Myth or Reality

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Child protection guidance at a national level has predominantly focused on the investigation and assessment of child abuse and neglect. Post-registration practice has received little attention, resulting in a variety of local responses. This paper describes the findings from a national study designed to identify the impact of the lack of national guidance on local post-registration frameworks for practice. Data collected indicate that very few Area Child Protection Committees (ACPCs) have developed policies, procedures or practice guidance which would provide a structure for post-registration practice. This position is aggravated further as individual professionals are confused about their own roles and responsibilities and those of colleagues. We consider the impact of these findings on practice and conclude by suggesting a macro level framework that can be utilized by ACPCs who wish to develop practice in this area.

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Subjects: Social Work

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