Going to court to safeguard children
Working Together, the comprehensive guidance or practice manual of the child protection system, is largely silent about court proceedings and the legal applications. In part, this reflects the emphasis on partnership working and achieving agreement that is seen as central to effective practice. Nevertheless, there will be occasions when agreement is not reached, or breaks down, or the time-scale for that achievement or for changes necessary to meet a child’s needs is too lengthy and beyond what can safely be accepted in the child’s interest. Similarly, there will be other instances when the circumstances of a child dictate that immediate steps be taken to ensure her safety, either by removing her to a safe place or preventing her removal from a place deemed safe to one where there is risk of significant harm.