child protection and police state Essay

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Are the increased levels of electronic recording of all children from birth, a welcome move towards the prevention of children ‘slipping through the net’ of protection services? On the other hand, are such practices intrusive, increasing the surveillance of poor families? This essay is going to look at the increased levels of electronic recording of all children from birth on the basis of preventing children ‘slipping through the net’ of protection services. It will highlight how this database has come to be, with the Children Act 2004 and, the government focusing on the Laming report. It will also demonstrate the government’s fixation for looking at families who are deemed as high risk because they are classed as ‘poor’. Attempts will be made to discuss media hype and how this has contributed to the perception “that poor families are more at risk of child neglect or abuse.” The essay will discuss what the database means to families and social workers – is it social care or social surveillance and control of poor families. It will also highlight that the Integrated Children’s System is a false positive approach to social work and is highly intrusive and thus can fail the people that it was set up to protect. Namely, previous practices in the shape of the Cleveland enquiry, where abuse was highlighted and found in many cases, but children who had not been abused were also taken from their families and placed in care. The discussion will critically question if the database is legal, relative to the Human Rights Act 1998, Article 8 – the right to respect private and human life and if it disregards people’s civil liberties. The focus on what information the database will hold and highlight and if that information on the database could be down to a personal interpretation of a situation, also if information can be altered and who can input the information

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