News Policy, Guidance & Law

Children Act changes proposed

Ministers have proposed extending section 25 of the Children Act 1989 so that it covers cases where local authorities in England or Wales have placed children in secure accommodation in Scotland. The legislation, and its Welsh equivalent, currently only cover placements between England and Wales.

The changes have been tabled as part of proposed amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill going through parliament. Amendments to equivalent Scottish and Welsh legislation have also been proposed.

The move follows a High Court ruling in September in a test case where a 16-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy had been placed in secure units in Scotland due to no places being available in England. The court ruled that the care orders, which were made by the English courts, could not be enforced or recognised in Scotland.

Family court chief Sir James Munby, who oversaw the case, warned an urgent solution was needed as a shortage of secure accommodation placements in England meant more councils were turning to Scottish services.

Read the full piece at source: Children Act changes proposed after court ruling on ‘unenforceable’ care orders

Our mission is to help bring about improvements in practice and policy. Holding children at the centre of what we do through our work with and for them, we aim to lead and promote excellent care and services. The partnership consists of an elected Chair and elected Regional Leads who represent their regions at a national level (two from each of the nine regions within England).

0 comments on “Children Act changes proposed

COMMENTS can be added here. We welcome your comments but may remove any posts that do not adhere to our guidance on the acceptable use of the partnership’s social media pages.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: