The Children Act 1989

Masters
Book Report/Review
Sociology
Pages 12 (3012 words)
Download 0
The Children Act 1989 pulled together and simplified all pre-existing legislation in relation to children and families. It imposes new duties on local authorities (LAs) - for example, the identification and assessment of 'children in need';
c) emphasized the importance of inter-agency work and a corporate approach to providing services to children and families (eg the creation of multi-professional responses to children identified as children in need).

Introduction


The Act has duties, powers and responsibilities. A duty will require the local authority (LA) to comply with it, whereas a power means a LA can act. A responsibility refers to outcomes. Duties can be qualified, and in some areas the Act includes phrases like 'shall take reasonable steps to'. A qualified duty is little more than a mere power. Emphasis must be made as the nature of terms and definitions of the extent of LA responsibilities. Failure to understand this may cause misunderstandings between professionals. Generally, legislation only provides the framework for practice: it cannot change practice of itself, as only those using legislation can do that. Knowledge of the legislation and skills in using it are important but values, attitudes and beliefs that inform practice responses are also a prime consideration. Professionals' work with children and their families is a complex issue and constantly evolving and contradictory constraints, in particular the requirement to protect children from harm while avoiding unwarranted state intervention in family life.
The Children Act 1989, Part 1, contains fundamental principles that cover all parts of the Act. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Impact of domestic violence on children
The growth and development of every nation is associated with the well-being of its residents. The A population’s negative health status of the population undermines its this growth and development. The scenario of d Domestic violence has a direct impact on the health status of the residents of a nation, especially on children. In this context, the aims of this present research’s study aims…
Children Law in Social Work
This paper will therefore examine application of laws by social workers in solving issues related to children. The paper will achieve this objective by analysing how a social worker can apply existing laws and statutes in Stephanie and Stephen’s case. In the given case study, Stephanie and Stephen are school-aged children who are still under the care of their parents. Recently the two children…
Rights of the Child
One aspect that children need special care and assistance in is with regard to their mental health. Proper mental health is a crucial tool that an individual needs in order to cope with the stress and difficulties that they are bound to face in life. However, given the significant amount of stress and pressures children and adolescents face in today's society, children and adolescents are prone to…
Social Policy for Children
Relevant policies on the protection of the rights and welfare of children abound. The UN Declaration of Human Rights, through its provision states, "Every child should have access to free elementary education, and must have full development of human personality." Key policy goals arising to these include social cohesion, human development, human capital, equality of opportunity, social mobility,…
The Children Act 1989
The Act has duties, powers and responsibilities. A duty will require the local authority (LA) to comply with it, whereas a power means a LA can act. A responsibility refers to outcomes. Duties can be qualified, and in some areas the Act includes phrases like 'shall take reasonable steps to'. A qualified duty is little more than a mere power. Emphasis must be made as the nature of terms and…
Looked After Children and Educational Attainment
A child becomes "looked after" when he or she fails to get the protection and nurture expected within normal home situations, due to family breakdown or any other reason leaving the child bereft of proper parental care. Children and young people can also become "looked after" for many reasons such as physical and/or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, some may have suffered the death of a parent, or…
Multi Agency Practice for Children
Wigfall and Moss (2001) define multiagency work as a "range of different services which have some overlapping or shared interests and objectives, brought together to work collaboratively towards some common purposes" (Wigfall & Moss, 2001, p.71). Despite the fact that the concept of multi-agency working assumed an increased importance throughout the 1990s, there was very little information about…