The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 introduces a wide range of reforms to the laws about children. It introduces a number of changes to a number of areas in the field, including looked-after children, caring for disabled children, private foster care and residence and special guardianship orders. To date, only some of the Act is in force.
The Children Act 1989 is the key piece of legislation governing local authority powers and duties in relation to children. It also regulates the resolution of disputes between parents as to the upbringing of their children.