Editorial Rupert Hughes Centre for Social Policy, Dartington, UK Wendy Rose The Open University, UK This special edition, with a second one to follow, marks 21 years of Royal Assent to the Children Act 1989. We have chosen 21 years as it used to be the age at which children moved to adulthood with a ceremonial handing over of the door key, even though under the Act, 18 is a more important legal boundary. We, the guest editors, were both at the time in the Department of Health (then responsible for childrenâs social services) and closely involved in the process of taking the Act through Parliament and, for some years after, in efforts to get it implemented. The Act in the main covers England and Wales but not Scotland (except in relation to child minding and day care); Northern Ireland adopted its own version in the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. The Act was unusual in several respects. As the foreword states in An Introduction to the Children Act 1989 (DH, 1989): âThe Children Act which received Royal Assent on 16 November 1989 is the most comprehensive piece of legislation which Parliament has ever enacted about children. It
Journal of Children's Services – Pier Professional
Published: Jun 1, 2010
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