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Agreement For Social Workers

By Zach Arnold | December 1, 2020

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The other aspect of the medal here is that a waiting contract can give parents a framework or guide for the kind of things they should focus on to make sure they keep their children or pick them up at the end of the process – but it is important for parents to understand that holding on to an agreement is not a guarantee of a particular outcome. Sometimes parents have ticked everything off the list, but there are concerns – for example, social workers may think that parents are just going through the applications without really understanding why they need to make changes, or maybe if they don`t really believe they were necessary. It is often referred to as “disguised compliance” (no fault if we didn`t do that) and in this situation, social workers will be concerned that, although a parent can “talk,” things can go back as they were when they resigned because the parents did not make profound changes. It is important for parents to think about why they were asked to make practical changes or take certain steps so that they can understand why social workers were worried and keep children safe in the future, instead of just thinking – if I do these 5 things, I get the kids back. The idea of “partnership” is a chic way of talking about trust and working as a team, and it aims to give the idea that social services are there to help families, even if they don`t always feel that way for a parent who is under the microscope. Well-developed waiting contracts will explain not only what is expected of parents, but also what parents can expect from social workers, including practical support. However, the main purpose of these agreements is more often to protect children through parental agreements on their own behaviour. Of course, in some cases, social workers bark at the wrong tree and worry about things that don`t really happen (or can`t prove). As a self-employed person, refusing to sign an agreement will not have to abduct their children, but if social services are later able to show that their concerns are justified, a refusal to sign will add to the level of concern and could make it more difficult to convince the court to be its safety for children at home. If the parents follow the agreement, the document can also be used as evidence that the parents are in contact with professionals and/or that they are making the necessary changes to ensure adequate care for the children. If social services can count on parents` promise not to take drugs while in custody of their child, regularly attending drug enforcement appointments or allowing unannounced visits to the home to see children and domestic conditions, or not allowing unsupervised contact with a person at risk, social services may consider all risks to be manageable at home, meaning that children they would have deemed necessary to 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.

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