Search Legislation

Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 121: Care plans

302.Section 121amends section 31 of the Children Act 1989 to provide that a court may not make a care order until a care plan has been prepared by the local authority and considered by the court (subsection (1)).  Subsection (2) inserts a new section 31A into the Children Act 1989. This places a duty on the local authority in whose favour a care order is intended to be or may be made to prepare a care plan within a timescale set by the court and to review and modify the plan, if necessary, while the application to the court is pending.  A care plan prepared under new section 31A is to be referred to in the Children Act 1989 as a “section 31A plan”.  Regulations will set out how the plan is to be drawn up and the information to be included (new section 31A(3)).  These requirements will not be binding on an interim care order.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources