The Department of Education has issued new guidance on care orders and protection proceedings when the child has links to a foreign country.
Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders is aimed at professionals working directly with children, such as social workers and lawyers in local authority children’s departments.
It offers a range of non-statutory guidance, including basic principles, a summary of international legislation, and an outline of organisations which can provide advice or assistance to child protection professionals in such cases.
The report notes:
“It is sometimes difficult for social workers to know when and how to involve foreign authorities in child protection cases with a foreign element. It can also be difficult to decide who to inform and at what point in the process. The timeliness of these decisions can make a huge difference, both in the support that might be offered to the families by their Embassy and, where a case goes to care proceedings, in the timeliness of the court decision.”
Read the report here.
In July, a report commissioned by the Department for Education called for the simplification of serious case reviews, which are held when a child dies or suffers significant harm following neglect or abuse.