One key principle held over from Chapter 1 holds that decision-making must reflect an acceptable standard of professional competence. Thus, in child care, judges have ruled that abruptly denying a parent help, and without explanation, was very poor social work practice (Re A (Children ). Professionals must investigate child protection concerns with proper care, including presenting allegations to parents (TP and KM v UK ). Evidence given to a court must be full, detailed, precise and compelling, given by a social worker with detailed knowledge of the case, with minutes of case conferences and other decision-making meetings available (X Council v B (Emergency Protection Orders) ; Re X (Emergency Protection Orders) ).
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