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Quick reference guide to the main legal provisions in England and Wales relating to the care of children, fully updated to include changes in the Adoption & Children Act 2002 . This little book provides a basic framework to the current law relating to the care of children and includes reference to all recent legislation, including new regulations, guidance and standards and summarises the main statutes, regulations and court rules currently in force.
Central to child care law is the Children Act 1989, covering both "private" (in-family) and "public" family law (local authorities intervening in family life). From 30 December 2005, adoption will be governed by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 which amends adoption law to make it more consistent with the Children Act 1989. The Human Rights Act 1998, the Care Standards Act 2000 and the Children Act 2004 also have an impact.
The book contains sections on: parents, parental responsibility and private family life; private arrangements for the care of children; child protection; children looked after by local authorities; reviews; representations and complaints; the courts; and adoption. This updated, handy summary will be invaluable for the busy professional or practitioner who needs to be able to check facts about the law quickly and easily.