Children Act

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  • The Children Act 1989 and 2004
    • Was created as a consequence of the public concern following the death od Dennis O'Neill, due to child abuse.
    • The 1948 Act made local authorities responsible for childcare.
    • Aims to ensure that the welfare of the child was paramount.
    • Also aims to work in partnership with parents to protect the child from harm.
    • The Act was intended to strengthen the child's legal position and to give him/her equal rights, feelings and wishes.
    • Also encouraged children to make their own decisions, to be consulted and to be kept informed about everything that would happen to them.
    • The Children Act 1989 included the following:
      • reforming the law relating to children
      • amending the law with respect to children's homes, community home, voluntary homes and voluntary organisations
      • making provision for local authority services for children in need and others
      • making provision with respect to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption and for connected purposes
    • Childcare law was further strengthened by the Children Act 2004. This aims to further improve children's lives and gives the legal underpinning to "Every Child Matters".
    • "Every Child Matters" has 5 outcomes: *being healthy *staying safe *enjoying and achieving *making a positive contribution *achieving economic well being
    • The Children Act affects: *parents *foster carers *teaching staff *social workers *nursery and playgroup workers
    • The Children Act is the most important piece of legislation currently affecting the provision of care services for children.




This resource is excellent with regards to providing students with the knowledge required for the Children Acts. This resources also encompasses links with other relevant legislation/guidance such as Every Child Matters as well as clearly identifying the advantages of implementing the act with regards to the safeguarding, protecting and provision of adequate care to children and young people.

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