Legislation update January 2011
Community Care Inform's legal expert, Ed Mitchell, has updated the legislation on the site. Please see below for a guide to what has changed with links straight through to the relevant part of the statute.Children and Young Persons Act 2008: reform of the Children Act 1989
The most significant reforms to the law about looked-after children since the Children Act 1989 was first enacted, and other major leaving care reforms, are fast approaching their implementation date in England of 1 April 2011. Inform's legislation guides have been amended to reflect the changes.
The changes are contained in provisions of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (which are coming into force in England on 1 April 2011). As the 2008 Act operates by amending the Children Act 1989, we have altered the Inform guide to the Children Act 1989 to show the changes in-situ. The highlights are as follows:
- section 17 of the Children Act guide is amended to reflect the impending removal of the restriction on making cash payments as a form of service for children in need or their families,
- section 23 of the Children Act guide is amended as a result of new rules about choosing placements for looked-after children.
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