Parental rights in child abuse Kimberly Turtenwald Updated March 18, When an allegation of child abuse occurs against the child's parent, social services often gets involved to evaluate the situation. The actual process that social services uses varies by state, but the rights of parents during the process remains the same. These rights are not the same as a parent would have without the allegations being present.
Human rights are a set of basic things that all people need to live in dignity. We all have human rights whoever we are and whatever we have done.
Human rights exist to make sure that we are treated properly and fairly, and are given the freedom to develop to our full potential. On top of the rights available to everyone, there are some that apply only to children.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international document that sets out all of the rights that children have — a child is defined in the Convention as any person under the age of Governments can decide whether they will ratify the Convention, which means that the government agrees to make sure that all of these rights are available to children in their country.
Public bodies should follow it — for example, courts, tribunals, social workers at case conferences and school exclusion panels. This means that the Government must make sure that every child in the UK has the rights that are listed in the Convention.
The Government can do this by passing laws or by taking other action, including making sure that the rights in the Convention are widely known in the UK.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles partsand most of these articles list a different right that children have, and different responsibilities that the Government, and others, have to make sure that children have these rights.
All organisations working with children should work in a way that is best for children including courts, social workers and state schools article 3.
You also have the right to know and be cared for by your parents article 5and the government must make sure that you are not taken away from your parents against your will, unless this is in your best interests, for example if it is unsafe at home articles 8 and 9. Where you are taken away from one or both of your parents for example, where your parents have separatedthe Government must make sure that you have contact with the parent you are taken from, unless this is not in your best interests for example, where it might cause you harm article 9.
For children who have parents living in different countries, the Government must make sure that you can stay in regular contact with both parents article For more information, see Not from the UK.
Parents or guardians have the responsibility to bring you up, and they should do this in a way that is in your best interests.
The Government must give help to your parents where this is needed to help them care for you properly article Right to have an identity The Government must make sure you are registered at birth i. Having your birth registered is important because it helps you to use your other rights e.
Going abroad The Government must make sure that children are not taken out of the UK illegally article Having your opinions heard You have to be given the chance to give your opinion when decisions are made that affect you, and the Government has to make sure that these opinions are thought about by the people making the decision article For example, if you are in care you have a right to an advocate.
Freedom of expression and getting information You must be able to get and share information with others, as long as this does not damage them article The Government must make sure that you can get information from many sources, like different papers and television and radio programmes, and must make sure that the media includes programmes and information that are relevant to children and do not harm you article Your parents are allowed to give you guidance on practising your religion article Privacy The Government must make sure that no one is able to interfere with your privacy or damage your honour or reputation article Protection from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and maltreatment The Government must make sure you are protected from any type of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, while you are living with your parents or in the care of anyone else article Things must be done to help you if you have been the victim of abuse.
Health The Government must make sure you are able to be as healthy as you can be, and that you are able to get healthcare when you need it.
You must also be able to get clean water, healthy food and live in a healthy environment. The Government must also make sure you can get information about staying healthy article Benefits The Government must make sure that you and your parents or carers can get financial help when you need it article Parental Rights and Foster Care.
If it is determined that the child is at risk if he remains in the home, social services may remove the child and place him in foster care. While the child is in foster care, the parents do not have the right to contact the child in any way. U lesson5[lo3] 1.
Unit Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children actions to take if harm or abuse is suspected and/or disclosed • Explain the rights of children and parents/carers in situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged • Explain the responsibilities of the early.
Safeguarding children Essay. – Describe the actions to take if a child or young person alleges harm or abuse in line with policies and procedures of your setting. Where it is suspected that a child has suffered abuse at the hands of a third party the Organisation has a duty to report these suspicions to the Local Authority.
But in some contexts, for example in some parts of the child protection system, a child is defined as a person under 16 years of age. There are also different laws across the UK that specify age limits for young people in different circumstances.
These include leaving school; leaving care; the age of consent; and the age of criminal responsibility. - Explain the rights that children, young people and their families have in situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged.
In situations here harm or abuse is suspected or alleged, the children and young people have rights and these are in the child protection policy in a setting.
Explain the rights that children, young people and their careers have in situations where harm or abuse is suspected or alleged A child has the right to be protected against significant harm (children’s act , every child matters , United Nations Convention on the rights of the child /5(1).