Working with families & privacy

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  • 1. Working with Families
  • 2. Learning Objectives 1. Contrast family privacy policy with promoting welfare policy including the ten principles of and S.17 of The Children Act 1989. 2. Introduction to The Human Rights Act 1998, in particular Article 8; Right to Family Life. 3. Introduction to Data Protection Act 2000. 4. Debate the concept of confidentiality and record keeping.
  • 3. Last Time We explored parenting. In doing so we used what might be called a bottom up approach: We based our presentations of the research that we read. In this session we shall use an alternative method a top down approach: We will come up with some ideas before we undertake the research.
  • 4. In your groups Spend 10 minutes discussing why those who work with children and families must be mindful of freedom and privacy. Can you have freedom without privacy; can you have privacy without freedom? Make a list of your reasons. (You will need this list later)
  • 5. Entick v Carrington [1765] A leading case in English law establishing the civil liberties of individuals and limiting the scope that the state can interfere in private life
  • 6. The Details In 1762, the King's Chief Messenger Nathan Carrington, and three other King's messengers, went into the home of writer, John Entick "with force and arms" and seized Entick's private papers. Entick was arrested. The King's messengers were acting on the orders of Lord Halifax "to make strict and diligent search for . . . the author, or one concerned in the writing of several weekly very seditious papers. Entick sought judgment against Carrington and his colleagues who argued that they had acted upon Halifax's warrant. A jury returned a special verdict finding that the defendants had broken into Entick's home "with force and arms.
  • 7. Perhaps summarised by: An Englishmans home is his
  • 8. However, As English law has proceeded in a liberal tradition protecting an individuals right to freely make business contracts and hold property, some individuals in society have not had the same equal rights before the law, significantly because they did not hold property.
  • 9. Did you know: There has been a long tradition in England that only very wealthy males had the right to vote. The situation was improved by the Reform Act 1832 giving 1 in 7adult land owning males the right to vote. This increased to all men aged over 21 and wealthy women in 1918. Both men and women aged over 21 could vote by 1929. The voting age was reduced to 18 in 1969.
  • 10. Do you think that we take our rights and freedoms for granted?
  • 11. At around the same time, over the last 150 years E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N Of The Welfare State Report on Social Insurance and Allied Services (1942) : The Beveridge Report.
  • 12. The state needs to do more to help people! The state interferes with our freedoms and privacy! Where do you stand?
  • 13. Over the years, one can see how each side of the state debate has gotten in front but then slipped behind again. This can usually be seen in the balloon like expansion of the services followed by contraction (cuts) in services. However, in general there has been an increase in legislation, policy and powers relating to state intervention into family/private life.
  • 14. The Children Act 1989 Read excerpt 1: The 10 Principles of the Act. Discuss and write of the pack whether you think the principle protects privacy or invades privacy?
  • 15. What about s.17 The Children Act 1989 duty It shall be the general of every Local Authority to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area need who are in ; and so far as is reasonably consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families, by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those childrens needs.
  • 16. Read Excerpt 2: The Daily Mail, 2013, Social Workers to Meddle in Every Family Home[what do you think?]
  • 17. The Human Rights Act 1998 Read Excerpt 3: Making Sense of Human Rights. What are 1. Absolute Rights 2. Limited Rights 3. Qualified Rights? What is Article 8 about? What is a public authority?
  • 18. Confidentiality Read the Stephen King quotation on the front of todays pack: What do you think it means? No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.
  • 19. Confidentiality Read excerpt 4 Information sharing, confidentiality and consent. List the seven golden rules for information sharing? (try to summarise each one into five words).
  • 20. Consent to information sharing What is consent? Why is consent important? Can children give consent
  • 21. For next time: Read Excerpt 5: Thompson (2009), Written Communication 1. Why is written information important? 2. Why is working from memory difficult? 3. How do written records make us accountable? 4. What does Thompson write about relevance? 5. What does Thompson write about fact and opinion?
  • 22. Summary 1. 2. 3. 4. Contrast family privacy policy with promoting welfare policy including the ten principles of and S.17 of The Children Act 1989. Introduction to The Human Rights Act 1998, in particular Article 8; Right to Family Life. Introduction to Data Protection Act 2000. Debate the concept of confidentiality and record keeping.
  • 23. Final thought When I worked as a Social Worker the head of childrens services said to me, If it isnt written down recorded then it never happened. What do you think this means? (Do you agree?)