It is therefore important that parents do not sign a written agreement if they do not think they can stick to what is written. Parents should also be aware that they should also say so if they feel that something in the written agreement is unfair. Even if the parents are willing to do what is requested, but they want help, then they should ask that this help be identified and inserted into the written agreement. He adds that they still have a place in child protection because they help provide professionals and services with a database and enable social workers to be creative in their use. It is obvious that any victim in a situation where forced control poses a risk would have great difficulty in complying with such an agreement. “We were told that we had pushed the mother into a corner” with too many conditions and rules. We obviously didn`t feel that was true. Eventually, the child was removed from custody and eventually adopted. The written agreement did not change the mother`s parenthood; she did not agree on any aspect, so she did nothing to keep the child safe. During the recent thematic review of the authorities` reactions to domestic persons, inspectors found widespread implementation of the agreements in two administrations, although there was “no evidence of their effectiveness.” Unfortunately, our work has shown that written agreements are sometimes used in a way that is manifestly inappropriate. If social services can count on parents` promise not to use drugs while in custody of their child, to participate regularly in drug agency appointments or to allow unannounced visits to the home to see children and domestic conditions, or not to allow unsupervised contact with a person at risk, social services may consider all risks to be manageable at home. This means that the children they thought were necessary can stay at home.
Sometimes an agreement is reached in the time when social services assess a family (before or during the proceedings), and it can be part of a package that is introduced temporarily to take into account while an assessment is completed or until the court can make a decision. Let`s go back to “Are social workers worried about your child?” Written agreements should not be used, they do not keep children safe. Planning must be at the centre of concerns, developed from the slowness of thought, partnership and analysis….. WHAT`S GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE? Written chords are not worth the paper on which they are written… How do you keep children safe? This is not the Weiles. Why would an offender sign a written agreement and accept these conditions? If a child is so vulnerable, remove it for your own safety. Learning about inspection and scRs has given us some useful insights into how to use written agreements more effectively. Here are some of the most important ingredients: “Our service users should understand why we work with them, what we hope to achieve and what the expectations are. Written chords can be excellent as an framework, but it`s also the background work that goes on,” says Birchall.