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The Children Act 1989 overhauled the law relating to children and the services that local authorities must or may provide for children in care (both voluntary and compulsory). Practitioners should use this book to find out how the Children Act 1989 may be used to protect children at risk. Here is a description of the law and practice relating to local authorities and the respective rights, duties and powers of the authority, parent and child when a child is being looked after away from home. The author, a respected family solicitor and former member of the NSPCC, firmly emphasises the practical application of the law with reference to the rules, regulations and statutory guidance where appropriate. Particular areas covered include: * transfer and allocation of cases * procedure on application for care, supervision, child assessment, emergency protection, education supervision, contact and secure accommodation orders * role of the guardian ad litem * appeals * legal aid * Emphasises practical application of the law * Covers a broad range of topics: - transfer and allocation of cases - procedure on application for care, supervision, child assessment, emergency protection, education,