Children Act 1989


Children Act 1989

1989 CHAPTER 41

An Act to reform the law relating to children; to provide for local authority services for children in need and others; to amend the law with respect to children’s homes, community homes, voluntary homes and voluntary organisations; to make provision with respect to fostering, child minding and day care for young children and adoption; and for connected purposes.

[16th November 1989]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Extent Information

E1For the extent of the provisions of this Act please see section 108(10)-(12).

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Act amended by Army Act 1955 (c. 18), Sch. 5A para. 7(3)–(4) (as substituted by Children Act 1989 (c. 41 SIF 20), s. 108(4)(6), Sch. 12 para. 8(2), Sch. 14 para. 27(4) )

C4Act modified (14.10.1991) by S.I. 1991/2032, art. 3(1).

Act modified (14.10.1991) by S.I. 1991/2032, art. 7(1).

Act (except for s. 41(8)) amended (01.01.1992) by S.I. 1991/2684, arts. 2(1), 4, Sch. 1

Act extended (E.W.)(30.9.1998) by 1998 c. 37, s. 11(6); S.I. 1998/2327, art.2(1)(c) (subject to arts. 5-8).

Act: transfer of functions (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/672, art. 2, Sch. 1 as amended (7.11.2003) by 2002 c. 38, ss. 145(1), 148 (with Sch. 4 paras. 6-8)

C5By Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53, SIF 39:1), s. 101(1), Sch. 12 para. 23; S.I. 1991/2208, art. 2(1), Sch.1 it is provided (14.10.1991) that in relation to any time before the commencement of s. 70 of that 1991 Act (which came into force on 1.10.1992 by S.I. 1992/333, art. 2(2), Sch. 2) references in any enactment amended by that 1991 Act, to youth courts shall be construed as references to juvenile courts.

C6Power to modify Act conferred (12.12.1996 for certain purposes and 1.4.1997 otherwise) by 1995 c. 36, ss. 33(5)(b)(with ss. 90, 103(1)); S.I. 1996/3201, art. 3(1)

C7Act definition of "parental responsibility" extended (E.W.S.) with modification (7.10.1996) by S.I. 1996/207, reg. 57(3)

Act definition of "Voluntary organisation" extended (7.10.1996) by S.I. 1996/207, reg. 78(9)(c)