- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 4th Revised edition edition (15 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470854960
- ISBN-13: 978-0470854969
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Sense of the Children Act 1989 (Fourth Edition) Paperback – 15 Jul 2005
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From the Back Cover
What exactly are parental rights? What rights do children have? In what circumstances can children be removed from their family?
Now in its fourth edition, Making Sense of the Children Act 1989 addresses such questions. Written primarily for the non–lawyer, this practical and jargon–free text describes the social context within which the Act is used, considers the implications of the Act for policy and practice and also discusses its strengths and weaknesses.
Revised and updated, this edition takes full account of significant recent developments including the Human Rights Act 1998, The Laming Report on the Victoria Climbié case, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the Children Act 2004.
The Children Act 1989 remains a major piece of legislation for children, their families and for all of those professionals who work with them. This new edition of the best–selling and authoritative volume on the Children Act is therefore a must–have resource for practitioners in the social care field. It will also be of interest to students of related disciplines.See all Product Description
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This book sets out very clearly how the law has been revised, explains key sections and their interpretations, and provides examples of individual cases and comments on them.
It also highlights fundamental weaknesses in the law, the very weaknesses that give local authorities and child protection agencies almost unlimited power over families.
I would have liked the book to have addressed miscarriages of justice in some greater depth, but then that's because of our personal need to understand our own situation.
I also may perhaps have misread some of the interpretations, particularly with regards to the Threshold Criteria for example. The book explains precisely how these may be met. But the wording of the law is somewhat imprecise, depending on the meaning of words such as "signficant" and "normal". In our experience, we have discovered that, in practice, the law is so stacked against families, that the mere suggestion of concern by 'professionals' is sufficient to grant or renew care orders, and that it is up to us to demonstrate our innocence or competence as parents beyond a reasonable doubt.
The book hints at this, but not strongly enough in my opinion.
In other respects, the book is comprehensive, covering Parental Repsonsibility, Court Orders, Local Authority Support, Accommodation for Children, Compulsory Powers, Protection Orders, Police Powers, Care and Supervision Orders, Appeals, Welfare Reports and Guardians Ad Litem, Adoption, Foster Care, etc. It also has an excellent index.Read more ›