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This short but thoroughly comprehensive guide to child care law in Scotland, now in its fifth edition, has been fully revised to reflect the provisions of the Scotland Act 1998, the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and the creation of the Care Commission. It also takes account of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999, as well as the effects in Scotland of the Adoption and Children Act.
Designed to provide a basic framework for those who do not need to know more, and a quick overall view for those starting a more detailed study, Child Care Law: A summary of the law in Scotland outlines the principles and themes as well as the statutory background covering the relevant Acts and other legislation. There are sections on: the court system; parentage and parental responsibilities and rights; private arrangements; general local authority duties; child protection; "looked after" children; fostering; the children's hearing system and the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004; adoption in Scotland; and intercountry adoption.
The book is accessible and easy to use and will be invaluable to social workers and everyone working with children and families.