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Recently there has been a gradual but decisive shift in the dominant concerns of family law. It is now clear that the centre of gravity in family law has moved to the child, away from the husband and wife. Covering every aspect of child law, this text examines child law from the very different perspectives of those advising health boards and those advising the child or his parents. This comprehensive and practical guide examines the nature of children's rights and parental duties, the consequences of marital breakdown for children, and the legal response to child abuse. Special attention is given to the powers and responsibilities of health boards and the position of children in care - a highly sensitive issue - following recent high profile High Court cases. Children and the Law provides useful checklists and advises on practical considerations, with particular emphasis on those aspects of child law which have proved to be the most important or difficult to practice.