The Children Act was implemented on the 14th October 1989 and came into force in on the same date in 1991. This was a significant piece of legislation for children and families bringing together other statutes into one main Act.

Twenty five years on the Children Act 1989 is still going strong and it has proven to be one of the most important pieces of legislation for children. Importantly, it created the overarching principle that a child’s welfare is paramount and that whatever action is taken, it must be in the child’s best interests.

The Act created Parental Responsibility for fathers, a welfare checklist for courts to consider when dealing with families and children, orders relating to where children live, who they have contact with and provided law on children being removed into local authority care.

As a family lawyer, this is the Act to go to in almost any matter. It sets out clearly the principles and law in determining a child’s upbringing. It has stood the test of time and I for one hope that it continues for many years to come and continues to ensure children’s welfare is at the forefront of everyone’s thinking.

If you need legal advice in relation to children matters, or indeed in relation to any aspect of family law, please contact us to speak to one of our family law solicitors on 0845 287 0939 or complete an online contact form.