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Bromley's Family Law

Bromley's Family Law (11th edn)

Nigel Lowe and Gillian Douglas
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17. Children and Local Authorities

Care and Supervision Proceedingslocked

17. Children and Local Authorities

Care and Supervision Proceedingslocked

  • N V LoweN V LoweProfessor of Law, Cardiff University
  •  and G DouglasG DouglasProfessor of Law, Cardiff University


The Children Act 1989 places considerable importance on local authorities working in partnership with families and the avoidance wherever possible of court proceedings. However, the Act also makes provision, in the form of care and supervision orders, for compulsory measures to be taken to safeguard and promote children's welfare. This chapter focuses on care and supervision orders. It covers the initiation of proceedings; the threshold criteria, which refers to conditions set out by Section 31(2) that must be satisfied before a care or supervision order may be made; the ‘welfare stage’, where the court must, pursuant to s 1(1), regard the welfare of the child as the paramount consideration; tackling delay in care proceedings; court orders; appeals; and discharge of care orders and discharge and variation of supervision orders.

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