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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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The Children Act 1989 2nd ed

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Mary RyanDartington Social Research Unit

ISBN13: 9781857424331
ISBN: 1857424336
Published: November 2000
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This updated edition reflects the changes in legislation and practice which have taken place since the book was first published in 1994. The Children's Act 1989 is important not just because it is such a comprehensive piece of legislation, but because it is also the end product of a substantial amount of debate about law and practice, and philosophy and principle.;This book concentrates on those parts of the Children's Act 1989 that relate to the provision of services by local authorities to children and families, the powers and duties of local authorities in such circumstances, care and supervision proceedings, and child protection issues. There is also some consideration of the private law in so far as it relates to child care matters, and to the court system and the principles which govern it.

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Part 1 Setting the scene: introduction; history; key principles and philosophy
partnership - the central theme.
Part 2 Some general legal principles and the forum for cases: introduction; public and private law; principles which guide the courts; parental responsibility; private law orders; court structure; legal aid.
Part 3 Family support services: introduction; background; family support services under the Act; which children and families will receive family support services? strategies for good practice in the provision of family support services; providing services; provision of accommodation; charging and contributions.
part 4 Child protection procedures: introduction; area child protection committees; local authority duty to investigate; what child protection procedures cover
participation by parents and children; equal opportunities; requirements for registration; effects of registration; child protection plans; challenging child protection procedures, decisions and recommendations.
Part 5 Emergencies and assessments: introduction: emergency protection orders; police protection; refuges for runaway children; child assessment orders.
Part 6 Proceedings for care and supervision orders: introduction; applications; the threshold conditions; considerations before proceedings are taken; starting proceedings; directions appointments interim orders; final hearing; effect and duration of orders; discharge and variation of interim and full care or supervision orders; appeals.
part 7 Contact: introduction; legal provisions; promoting contact for looked-after children; disagreements, complaints, and court procedures; independent visitors.
Part 8 Planning for children: introduction; the prime duty owed to children; planning; reviews; complaints and representations.
Part 9 Placement: introduction; general issues; placements for looked-after children; secure accommodation; reunification; independent living and after-care. Annexes: foster or residential placement agreement; useful organizations.