The Children Act 1989
The Children Act 1989 was the main legislation governing child protection procedures.
* reforms the law relating to children;
* makes provision for local authority services for children in need and others;
* amends the law with respect to children’s homes, community home, voluntary homes and voluntary organisations;
* makes provision with respect to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption, and for connected purposes.
However, due to several high profile child abuse cases in recent years, including the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie, the child protection system has faced major reforms culminating in a new Children Act 2004.