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Children: Protection

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what measures are in place to ensure that assessments of risk to children undertaken by local authorities assess all close family members. (304155)

The Government’s statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (2006) sets out the processes to be followed when undertaking an assessment of a child who is suspected to be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. That assessment will include consideration of the capacity of the parents or caregivers to respond appropriately to the identified needs of the child. This may involve interviews with the child’s parents or caregivers and with those known to the child, for example members of the wider family. It may also include interviews with professionals or other people who know the child’s parents or caregivers.