Review of Legislation Relating to Children in Family Proceedings

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This review is based on research assessing the impact and effectiveness of the Children Act 1989, writes Adele Weir. The key recommendations draw upon a need to reaffirm the act’s key principles and provisions, particularly for children in need and the concept of the participation of children in proceedings.

In considering legislation and government policy introduced since the Children Act, including the Victoria Climbi’ Inquiry recommendations, human rights, and the application of the act by Cafcass, local authorities and the courts, this is essential reading for any practitioner.

The critical analysis of services provided to children under the act is also useful, particularly to those involved in consultation regarding the future of children’s services following the Children Bill.

Adele Weir is a child protection training officer.

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