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Name: Renata Singh

Course title: Early Childhood Care and Education

(Level 6)

Module title: Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies

(Level 6/6N1945)

Tutor: Maura Shine

Brief Number: 1

Assignment: Child Protection

PPS: 2737301Q


Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Outline two pieces of legislation/policy aimed at safeguarding children 5

Case Study 7

Identify Luke’s Needs in terms of linking it to P.I.L.E.S 8

Evaluate the case study, making reference to any concerns you may have that relate to child protection 11

Describe ways of empowering Luke..............................13

Detail the appropriate action plan required on foot of any concerns re

egarding child protection issues with in the case study..............................14

Describe thoroughly the actions required for Luke in a a) Short Term, b) Medium Term and c) Long Term..............................16

Conclusion and recommendations..............................17



I am Renata Singh. I am studying in Moate Business College. I am doing Childhood Social, Legal and Health studies module. I will do Comparative Research on issued situation. In my work I am going to include Children First and Our Duty to Care. I will outline two pieces of legislation/policy aimed to

o safeguarding children. I will try to identify Luke’s Needs in terms of linking it to PILES. Also I will describe ways of empowering Luke. Will describe thoroughly the actions required for Luke in a Short term, Medium Term and Lo
ong Term. At the end of my assignment I will complete a sample report form on Child Protection.

Our Duty to Care is guidance to good practice for voluntary and community sector, organisations that provide services for children. It offers guidance of child welfare. It also gives information on how to recognise signs of child abuse and the correct steps to take within organisations if it is suspected, witnessed or disclosed. The process of reporting suspected or actual child abuse to the health board is described step by step, and guidance is given on how to handle sensitive areas. Participation in voluntary and community organisations offers children the opportunity to benefit, socially, educationally and recreationally. In some instances, it can compensate for de

eprivation, loss or stress being experienced by them and enhance the quality of their lives. People who work in these settings are particularly well placed to support children who are going through bad times, or identifying children who have been or are at risk of being harmed. Our Duty to Care is designed to enable organisations to provide children care and protect them, from all forms of harm.

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Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2011] provides th

he national guidance for the protection and welfare of children in Ireland. The guidance is directed to parents, professionals, organisations and the general public to identify and report child abuse and welfare concerns. It states what organisations and public need to do to keep children safe, and what different bodies need to do is they are concerned about children abuse. Everybody has to care about children and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children with whom they are in contact may be being abused or be at risk of abuse. It is intended to help people to recognize and report child abuse. This National guidance entails liability to HSE Children and Family services and An Garda Siochana when they are alerted about child abuse.

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Outline two pieces of legislation/policy aimed at safeguarding children

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international agreement (contract), establishing a civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. This International legislation consolidates the fundamental rights of the child.

• Survival right. Every child has right for life, for food, shelter, medical care;

• Development right. Right for education, leisure, play, cultural activities, access to information;

• Protection right. It means that every child has right to

o be protected from all forms off abuse, neglect and exploitation;

• Participation right. Children have right to have and to express their opinion.

A child means a person who is under 18 years. It is the only international human rights treaty in the world covering civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. It lays out in detail what is required for each child that childhood is safe and happy.

This is the most comprehensive document on children’s rights. And it is mainly the world ratified human rights agreement in history. This document establishes the specific rights of the child in international law, defining the universal principles and standards on the status and treatment of children around the world.

All UN member states (except the US and Somalia) officially approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Child Care Act, 1991 The purpose of this Act is to up-date the law in relation to the care of children who have been assaulted, ill-treated, neglected or sexually abused or who are at risk. The main provision of act is

to place of statutory duty on health board to promote the welfare of children who are not receiving adequate care and protection ;

to strengthen the power of health board to pr

rovide child care and family support;

to introduce the arrangement of the supervision and inspection of preschool service.

(Children First, National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, September 1999, Stationary Office, Dublin)

Case Study

Brief 1: Child Protection

Case Study: “Luke’

Melissa lived in a part of Dublin that was notorious for its high crime rates and massive drug

abuse. At a very young age she fell subject to these crimes and started to abuse drugs. She

began fighting constantly with her mother and stopped attending school. By the age of 15 she

was highly addicted to heroin and was sexually active with her drug abuser peers.

At 16 Melissa became pregnant. She decided to stop using drugs and received help from her

local Methadone clinic. Her relationship with her mother began to improve and Melissa

began planning a new future. She gave birth to a baby boy (Luke). As a result of her

addiction Luke was born premature and underweight. Melissa’s mother took care of Luke

from the moment he arrived home. However, soon after the birth of Luke Melissa began

using drugs again. This time she moved away from home leaving Luke with her mother.

-Melissa returned home quite often but only to steal from her mother and her visits always

ended in a. . .

Short term. Luke’s mother, as she is lack of social skills, she need to be offered a social workers help. She needs somebody to help her to get parenting skills. First thing what can be done for Luke would be appointment with General practitioner, dentist. General practitioner should do general check-up, he should check if Luke’s weight and height appropriates his age children data. Blood test must be done too. If results wouldn’t be within the normal range, nutritionist appointment could be made as well. It is recommended that children would do dental check-up twice a year. But there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that Luke’s mother never brought him to dentist. X-ray could be done to check if there are any broken bones, as from given Luke’s case we know that his mother and her friends were hitting Luke.

Medium term. If Luke’s mother is not showing any improvement, if she is not changing her life style, she should be given a warning. Luke could need psychologist’s help, who could listen to Luke who could help him to get more confident, more self-esteem. As he doesn’t know how to talk, how to express him, speech/language therapy would be very beneficial for Luke. I am sure Luke would benefit from play therapy. Sometimes it is very difficult to talk about you problems, so play therapy would help Luke to open himself. It would let dedicate person to understand him better.

Long term. If Luke’s mother haven’t shown any improvement in certain time, if Luke’s care is not improved, strict actions have to be taken. Luke needs to get foster care. New family capable to provide full-fledged care and Luke’s development have to be found. Luke still will need to visit psychologist on regular basis.


Conclusion and recommendations

In my assignment I have done comparative research on Luke’s situation. I have included Children First and Our Duty to Care. I have identified Luke’s needs in terms of linking it to PILES. I have written the plan required for Luke in short, medium and long term. I have described the way how to empower Luke. At the end of assignment I have included the Standard report form on Child’s Protection.

In conclusion I want to say that from the Luke’s case it is obvious that Luke’s development is impaired. He doesn’t have appropriate environment for his development.

To conclude I want emphasize that everybody have to be alert about children’s protection and possible child’s abuse. Everybody have to take responsibility for what is happening with children around them. It is always better to make false alert rather than close your eyes and pretend not to see anything.



(Children First, National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, September 1999, Stationary Office, Dublin)


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