Child care law


Child care law is a very complex and rapidly changing area of the law. There are a number of key pieces of legislation that pertain to child care law. The aim of some of this legislation is to protect vulnerable children from harm. Other child care law is designed to give children specific rights and causes for legal action.

Below is a summary of some of the main pieces of child care law that has been enacted by Parliament: 

  • The Children Act 1989
  • The Protection of Children Act 1999
  • Adoption Act 1976
  • Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

The Children Act 1989 places a duty on relevant government authorities to investigate cases where children may be in need or at risk of suffering significant harm. The failure of the authorities to fulfil this duty can have tragic consequences, and a few high-profile cases have been in the press recently. 

The other legislation mentioned above covers the many issues relating to child care; for example, the law governing the adoption of children in the UK. There are many other pieces of legislation and case law not listed above that pertain to child care.

If you have any queries on child care law, it is best to seek specialist legal advice. Child care law advice is provided by law firms, law centres and other providers. Dependent on your financial circumstances, you may be entitled to public funding (legal aid) to help fund your matter.

If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on child care law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist family / child care solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local family / child care solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above. 

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