The purpose of a written agreement is to clearly define the steps a family should take to ensure the safety and well-being of the child in this case. Not all agreements make this clear and, unfortunately, social services are not always brilliant at providing support. But a well-developed and balanced agreement should clearly indicate what the social worker will do with and for the family. It could be: it is important to have a structure, not so good, if this structure, if it is defective, whether because of training, understanding, expectations, etc. – I do not think that written agreements are fundamentally wrong – should they be signed? should they still be used? – but the social worker needs a structure, and this also applies to families, so this revision may highlight the need to change the tools available or to adapt the way and timing of their use. Just because a waiting contract is not a contract doesn`t mean it`s a waste of time. In fact, they are important – and when you are asked to sign one, it means that social services are worried about your children and are trying to find ways to manage or assess the risk they are worried about. The best way to think about one of these agreements is for their purpose to be five times more important: I am sure there are cases of written agreements used to achieve an outcome that would not be achievable in court and that would be unacceptable. But if the parents are properly informed that a certain behaviour is likely to give rise to an injunction and the social workers declare that, if no change is made, they will seek that order, it seems preferable that it be written down and that the parents have the choice to accept or go to court. “Draconais”; “uncertain”; “reaction to the knee shake”; It`s a dirty practice. These are just some of the criticisms of the written agreements of social workers who responded to a Community Care survey in June. The agreement and any evidence whether or not a parent has maintained it will potentially be important information in any family court proceeding concerning children.
It can be abandoned by a social worker who says that children should be abducted because parents cannot rely on it, because they have already broken their promises, or to show parents that they have said what they are worried about and what needs to change, the support they have been offering and the clear instructions they have given. It can be abandoned by a parent who says they have done everything they asked for and that they should keep (or recover) their children. It can be provided by a parent who says that the local authority has not offered enough support or that they do not have enough clear what they are doing. It is also a good assessment of what, at one point, was really worrying social services – and therefore what was not enough concern to include them.