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Evaluation of the Introduction of a Children's Access Centre

Evaluation of the Introduction of a Children's Access Centre

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This evaluation report adopts a vademecum approach to the provision of a centre for children access. Children access is required in cases where children have been removed from parental care by social services, in the interests of child safety. Parental contact can be maintained under professional social work supervision.
This evaluation report adopts a vademecum approach to the provision of a centre for children access. Children access is required in cases where children have been removed from parental care by social services, in the interests of child safety. Parental contact can be maintained under professional social work supervision.

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Evaluation of theAccess Centre ProjectCommunity Area 7
Prepared for Mary O’Loan
Access Centre Manager
Coinneach Shanks
January, 2006
 
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Acknowledgements
The consultant would like to thank the following persons who assisted in thecompilation of the study.Firstly, Frances Chance, formerly Principal Social Worker in Community Area 7 wasresponsible for the development of the initial project concept. In taking this initiative,he showed considerable foresight. Frances Chance is now a regional director withBarnardos.Mary O’Loan and her staff, Shirley and Anita, are to be congratulated in pursuing theproject’s development with dedication and commitment. Thanks go to PrincipalSocial Worker Carol O’Flynn and Child Care Manager Colman Duggan, whooversaw the project over all the stages outlined in this document.The study would not have been possible without the generous participation of theparents, foster carers and children who are the customers of the project. In particular,the children were most cooperative and tolerated research inquiries with equanimity.Many thanks also go to the social workers that responded to requests for information.The consultant hopes that this document will be of value to those developing accesscentres in other areas.Coinneach ShanksVirtual Image Research Consultants
 
3 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS........................................................................................2
 
CHAPTER 1:
 
INTRODUCTION............................................................................7
 
1.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
.....................................................................................................7
 
1.2
 
T
HE EVALUATION PROJECT CONTEXT
.................................................................7
 
1.3
 
P
ROJECT ENQUIRY COMPONENTS
........................................................................8
 
1.4
 
M
ODEL EMPLOYED
...............................................................................................8
 
1.5
 
T
HE SCOPE OF THE STUDY
....................................................................................9
 
1.6 T
ERMS EMPLOYED IN THIS STUDY
....................................................................10
 
1.7
 
A
CCESS
C
ENTRE
: S
TRUCTURE OF
R
EPORT
: C
HAPTERS
...................................11
 
CHAPTER 2:
 
POLICY CONTEXT FOR THE ACCESS CENTRE................13
 
2.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
...................................................................................................13
 
2.2
 
T
HE
N
ATIONAL LEVEL
- I
RELAND
.....................................................................13
 2.2.1 S
UMMARY OF
H
EALTH
B
OARD RESPONSIBILITIES
.............................................132.2.2 I
DENTIFIED NEED
..............................................................................................13
2.2.3
 
D
EVELOPMENTS
..............................................................................................14
 Chart 1: Likely state organisational structure for children responsibilities..............15
2.6
 
T
HE
E
UROPEAN LEVEL
.......................................................................................15
 
2.7
 
T
HE
I
NTERNATIONAL
L
EVEL
.............................................................................16
 
2.8
 
C
ONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS FOR THE
A
CCESS
C
ENTRE
...................................17
 
CHAPTER 3:
 
THE COMPARATIVE DIMENSION........................................19
 
3.1 I
NTRODUCTION
......................................................................................................19
 Table 1: Case study display......................................................................................19
3.2 C
ASE
S
TUDY
1: A
USTRALIA AND
N
EW
Z
EALAND
.................................................19
 Table 2: Vigilance levels display..............................................................................203.2.3 P
RINCIPLES
.......................................................................................................21
3.3
 
C
ASE
S
TUDY
2: T
HE
U
NITED
K
INGDOM
............................................................22
 
3.3.1
 
C
ONTEXT
.........................................................................................................22
 3.3.2 U
SAGE
..............................................................................................................223.3.2 G
UIDELINES FOR USE
........................................................................................22Table 3: Contact guidelines display.........................................................................23
3.4
 
C
ASE STUDY
3: U
NITED
S
TATES
.........................................................................23
 3.4.1 C
ONTEXT
..........................................................................................................23Table 4: Visitation plan standards display................................................................24
3.5
 
C
ONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS FOR THIS PROJECT
...............................................26
 Chart 2: The visitation flow in current practice...........................................................27
CHAPTER 4:
 
PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT...................................................28
 
4.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
:..................................................................................................28
 

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