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Family LawText, Cases, and Materials

Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn)

Rob George, Sharon Thompson, and Joanna Miles
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date: 25 April 2024

p. 81312. Child Protectionlocked

p. 81312. Child Protectionlocked

  • Rob George,
  • Sharon Thompson
  •  and Joanna Miles


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter examines the law on state intervention into family life where a child is considered to be ‘in need’ or at risk of significant harm. It discusses the competing approaches to state intervention and the principles underpinning the Children Act (CA) 1989; the legal framework governing local authority support for children in need under Part III of the CA 1989 and the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014; the law and procedure regulating compulsory intervention into family life by means of care proceedings under Part IV; and the various emergency and interim measures available to protect a child thought to be at risk of immediate harm.

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