Now That’s Fast
The NSPCC want there to be legal powers for social workers to see at risk children alone. Never can a campaign have been answered so swiftly by legislation. In this case our legislators appear to have acted with such great alacrity that they actually anticipated the NSPCC demands by some 20 years or so by creating Child Assessment Orders
The Child Assessment Order which can be made under section 43 of the Children Act 1989 is for cases where there are suspicions, but no firm evidence, of actual or likely Significant Harm but in circumstances not constituting an emergency.
A Child Assessment Order directs a person who is in a position to do so to produce the child to the person named in the Order so that an assessment may take place and comply with any directions or other requirements included. The Order authorises the carrying out of the assessment in accordance with the terms of the Order.