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Children and Young People In Alternative Care 

                    Amber Louise Price 


-Family Related Reasons 

-Children and Young People Related Reasons 

-The Children Act 1989/2004 


Family related reasons

Family related reasons as to why a young person or a child may lead to going into care or alternative housing. Bereavement or upheaval reasons, for example if a family where suffering with the death of a family member they may neglect their children as they are struggling to look after themselves never mind their children also. They may also develop mental health issues within the time of the death of a family member, which may also become an issue which would affect the development of their children. 

Potential illness within the reasons for children going into care, this may have had a negative effect on children not only parents who are expected to look after them. If a family member became seriously ill, they may decide that the child will not be attending school as they are unable to get their, or may also want the child to spend all the time that the family member has been given with one another. This could lead to the child missing out on vital school time, and then further actions may be taken which could potentially put the child into care, or alternative housing. 

Parental incapacity is where the parents cannot provide adequate care for the child. The assessment of parental incapacity involves two components: Assessments of the parents/legal guardians. If the parents are not seen within this assessment providing care for the child, then this could lead to the parents losing the rights of their children or maybe just semi-permanent housing for the time being and they may have visitation days so that they are still able to see their child/children.

Children and young people related reason

There is also child and young people related reasons for children being put into care or alternative care away from a parents and guardian. Some of these reasons may be. Behavioural needs and risks, this may mean that they suffer from anger issues which may lead to behavioral problems at home which could put parents and guardians in a situation where they are unable to control the children in school or at home. 

Learning disabilities may also be a problem which could lead to young people or children going into care or alternative housing. Due to children suffering with learning disabilities this may lead to them needing more attention than the average child would, but this could also put stress on parents and push them too much which could lead them to needing more time and space to cope with things. 

There are many more issues related to young people and children being put into care or alternative care, It is not always due to the parents. Children do have an input into themselves being put into care, this may be because parents are unable to control the behaviour that children have at Home or even at Schools, but there will always be a serious reason for them being placed into alternative care. 

The children Act 1989(16th of November) Chapter 41 

The children Act 1989 is an act to reform the law relating to children, to provide for local authority services for children in need and others, to amend the law with respect to children’s homes, community homes, voluntary homes, and voluntary organisations, to make provision with respect to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption, and for connected purposes. 

In summary of the Children Act 1989 it places duties to the local authorities to consider the welfare of all children. If a parent dies or is incapacitated the local authority have a duty of care to provide the child with a suitable living arrangements. Parents also give their consent for the child/children to be ‘Looked after’. 

The Children Act 2004(15th of November) Chapter 31

An act to make sure every child mattered within society. The original Children's Act 1989 has been updated due to Children being put at harm or risks, and they are in need of the freedom to know that they are going to be protected and looked after if anything was to happen to their parents or guardians that was looking after them. 

In conclusion to this work i have learnt that not all children end up in care or alternative care because of bad behaviour or because they’re too naughty. There is always another reason for them going into care, and we should not jump to conclusions because they are in care, i have also learnt about The Children Act 1989/2004 and how they protect children when parents are unable to look after them. Children are very important.