Section 16A - Risk assessments
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This is a new section, which was added to the Children Act by the Children and Adoption Act 2006. The Explanatory Notes to the 2006 Act say that s.16A:
“requires CAFCASS officers [and their Welsh equivalent] to carry out a risk assessment and provide it to the court if, in the course of carrying out any function in private law family proceedings under the 1989 Act, the officer is given cause to suspect that the child concerned is at risk of harm.
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