Children Act 1989 Essay

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‘A Policy is making the process of changing an idea into an action. These ideas can come from many different places, such as: governments, ministers, politicians or even voluntary organisations’ (GOV, 2013). Polices can also change when their is a change of government. However a legislation is different as is it ‘ set laws that are made and signed by the government’ (Webster, 2014). These set laws are not meat to be broken has it is a legal requirement. There have been 40 green and white papers published over the last 21 years. Of the 28 white papers published, 19 were issued by the English Government (Winchester & Woolnough, 2008 p4). Today the law boards are trying to give more powers and duties to children than their has ever been in the UK. As the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child should be recognised to ensure the right to life, able to give the child maximum development. The Convention covers a wide range of…show more content…
this act was very different to the 1889 act, as this act held more responsibilities giving people more rights to express their views. This act was set out in the hands of different local authorities and courts showing how children should be protected.The act actually came into effect in 1991, was supposed to strike a new balance between support and compulsory interventions in families (Beckett,2007). Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 states that it shall be the general duty of every local authority: to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need; and so far as is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families (HM,Government, 2013). In 2011-12 over 600,000 children in England were referred to local authority children’s social care services by individuals who had concerns about their welfare (HM,Government

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