Legislation to reform care system passes into law

Legislation to reform the care system in England and Wales passed into law yesterday.

The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 will enable the government to pilot enabling councils to delegate social work services for looked-after children to independent “practices”.

Other measures in the legislation include preventing councils from placing children out of area inappropriately, strengthening the role of independent reviewing officers to monitor care arrangements and providing care leavers who go to university with a bursary.

The Act will also give disabled children a right to short breaks and give the government until 2011 to decide whether to bring in a compulsory registration system for private fostering arrangements to replace the current notification system, extending the current deadline of this year. 

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