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Child protection procedures

ByMary Ryan

This chapter explains the tasks, the working methods and the powers of Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC). It discusses the relationship between ACPC procedures and the statutory framework. The chapter considers the effects of registration and the mechanisms for challenge. It comments on how the Act’s commitment to partnership with consumers can be realised in child protection work. ACPCs take their membership from the various agencies that provide child protection services in the area. They always include representatives from social services, the police, the education department, the health authority, the family health services authority, and the probation service. Child protection procedures set out the framework for work under section 47. This needs to be distinguished from other sorts of investigation under the Act. Many ACPCs had difficulties in incorporating the recommendations in the first edition of Working Together regarding the participation of parents and older children.