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Failure to thrive
Failure to thrive (sometimes referred to as 'faltering growth') is a term used to refer to children whose rate of growth is significantly below normal as a direct result of inadequate nutrition. It is identified by measuring weight gain, height, and head circumference, according to expected standards and speed of growth for children of the same age. Failure to thrive normally becomes apparent during the first three years.
Family and friends care
Family and friends care (also known as kinship care) is usually used to describe the situation where a child who cannot live with their parents is living away from the parental home with a relative or friend.
Family therapy is a way of working with families when one or more family members are experiencing problems. It is based on the idea that the behaviour of people is influenced and maintained by the way in which they interact with others, particularly within strong social systems such as a family. By addressing the 'system' - ie the family as a functioning unit - family therapy works to address and overcome the problems being experienced by the individual(s) within it.
The foundation stage is a distinct phase of education for children aged three to five. It provides a framework for children's learning in nursery or reception class. The Foundation Stage Curriculum for 3 to 5 year olds is based on learning through play and on six areas of learning, based on the skills and understanding that children will need to participate in formal education when they start school at the age of five. The Education Act 2002 extended the National Curriculum to include the foundation stage.
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Foundation Stage Profile
The Foundation Stage Profile is used to summarise the achievements of children towards the Early Learning Goals within the Foundation Stage Curriculum, based on teachers' day-to-day observations during normal classroom activities.
Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families
The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (often referred to simply as the Assessment Framework) provides guidance to local authorities social services departments and other agencies on the assessment of children in need.
The framework sets out to provide a systematic way of analysing and recording what is happening to children and young people within their families and the wider community in which they live, so that sound professional judgements can be made on children's needs. It describes a systematic approach to information gathering across three domains of a child's life: the child's developmental needs, parenting capacity, and family and environmental factors.
The House of Lords ruled that young people who are under 16 years are competent to give valid consent to a particular intervention if they have sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable them to understand fully what is proposed and are capable of expressing their own wishes. (Lord Fraser was the leading Law Lord for the review.)
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