Amend The Child Act (1989) in order to protect the rights of families in the UK.
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The Children Act allows local authorities to safeguard, meaning to allow them to take action in order to protect the child based on 'reasonable cause to suspect' that a child is suffering or likely to suffer. These actions can be as severe as removing a child from their home. I argue that local authorities should require some degree of evidence that the child is in danger before taking these steps in order to protect the rights of families. There are also other ways the act could be changed for example rather than local authorities requiring evidence to intervene, families could be forced to complete an assessment, for example, if there are suspicions.
I believe this legislation combined with quotas for the number of children which must be removed from their parents which must be met by local authorities each year creates a vicious cycle in which middle and lower class families are unfairly targetted as they often cannot afford their own independent legal defence. This approach also causes a power struggle between families and local authorities where for example, a family member may neglect to reach out for help if they suspect a child is suffering neglect or other problems.
If people are inclined to ignore these real issues then they will continue to go unseen while local authorities waste the resources put there to protect against them.
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