Encouraging Child Protective Practices
Ensuring the safety and care of a child is the
responsibility of a carer in partnership with the Caseworker. On a day-to-day
basis, the carer should know the whereabouts of a child whether they are at
school, visiting friends, on contact visits with family, or when and where they
are engaged in leisure pursuits.
A child has the right to pursue planned and agreed activities on an
independent and semi-independent basis (as appropriate to their age), but
a also has a right to be free from worry
and concern with regard to the safety and wellbeing of a child for whom they
are responsible day-to-day.
A family calendar or whiteboard can help everyone to keep track of the
household’s movements, as can an understanding that a child will telephone
their carer if they are going to be late
home. This is a common courtesy that the whole household should consider
observing. Mobile telephones can also be useful for keeping in contact, as are
reverse charge telephone services. Carrying some form of identification,
perhaps just a card in a wallet that records the name of the child and an
emergency contact, may also help out if a child falls ill or is injured, and
unable to communicate with helpers.
A preventative measure is to teach a child protective practices such as
an awareness of ‘stranger danger’, not getting into a car with someone they
don’t know, awareness of safety houses en route to school and shops and a plan
of action to seek safety and protection from adults. While this is a good idea
for all children, it may be especially important for children in care who may
be subject to additional risk.
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