We know that meeting the needs of children who pose a risk of serious harm to themselves or others, whilst upholding their rights and managing and reducing risk, is inherently complex. To assist practitioners in navigating this, we have produced a guide to support the implementation of children’s rights under Article 37b of the UNCRC, reducing the need to deprive children of their liberty, while maintaining the safety of children and others. The guide provides a structure to help practitioners and their managers with children and managers at a service and strategic level. As a resource for practice, we encourage those using it tailor it in any way that is useful..
The purpose of this guide is to support the implementation of children’s rights under Article 37b of the UNCRC thereby reducing the need to deprive children of their liberty, while maintaining the safety of children and others. The guide does this through providing information on the approaches and responses that can be taken in the community in order to achieve a reduction in the risk of serious harm. The aims are two-fold. Firstly, it aims to assist practitioners to consider what intensive community supports for individual children could look like. These considerations will also likely be relevant for those in team leader positions who will be supporting staff to assess, plan and make decisions in respect of individual children, as well as for chairpersons of meetings within processes that children may be supported in (such as child protection and CARM). Secondly, the guide aims to assist managers to consider what could be provided locally at a service and strategic level to help practitioners and children and families.