Children Act 1989

The Children Act 1989 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that received royal assent on 16 November 1989 and came into substantial force across all three jurisdictions of the United Kingdom on 14 October 1991. In 1995, for the purposes of devolution, the Act was replaced by parallel legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland. And in 2016, Part III of the Act was replaced in Wales. The Act is described as the most substantial reforms to children's law of the 20th century. The Act allocates duties to local authorities, courts, parents, and other agencies in the United Kingdom, to ensure children are safeguarded and their welfare is promoted. It centres on the idea that children are best cared for within their own families; however, it also makes provisions for instances when parents and families do not co-operate with statutory bodies.

Children's rights in Wales
Children's rights in England
English family law
Family law in the United Kingdom
Social care in the United Kingdom
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