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Children Act 2004

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

    1. Summary and Background

    2. Territorial Application

  2. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 - Children's Commissioner

      1. Section 1: Establishment

      2. Schedule 1: Children's Commissioner

      3. Section 2: General function

      4. Section 3: Inquiries initiated by the Commissioner

      5. Section 4: Other inquiries held by the Commissioner

      6. Section 5: Functions of Commissioner in Wales

      7. Section 6: Functions of Commissioner in Scotland

      8. Section 7: Functions of Commissioner in Northern Ireland

      9. Section 8: Annual reports

      10. Section 9: Care leavers and young persons with learning disabilities

    2. Part 2 - Children’s Services in England

      1. General

        1. Section 10: Co-operation to improve well-being

        2. Section 11: Arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare

        3. Section 12: Information databases

      2. Local Safeguarding Children Boards

        1. Section 13: Establishment of

        2. Section 14: Functions and procedure of

        3. Section 15: Funding of

        4. Section 16: : supplementary

      3. Local authority administration

        1. Section 17: Children and Young People’s Plans

        2. Section 18: Director of children’s services

        3. Schedule 2:  Director of children’s services: consequential amendments

        4. Section 19: Lead member for children’s services

        5. Sections 20-24: Inspections of children's services

        6. Section 20: Joint area reviews

        7. Section 21: Framework

        8. Section 22: Co-operation and delegation

        9. Section 23: Sections 20 to 22: interpretation

        10. Section 24: Performance rating of social services

    3. Part 3 - Children’s Services in Wales

      1. General

        1. Section 25: Co-operation to improve well-being: Wales

        2. Section 26: Children and young people's plans: Wales

        3. Section 27: Responsibility for functions under sections 25 and 26

        4. Section 28: Arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare: Wales

        5. Section 29: Information databases: Wales

        6. Section 30: Inspection of functions under this Part

        7. Sections 31-34: Local Safeguarding Children Boards: Wales

    4. Part 4 – Advisory and Support Services for Family Proceedings

      1. functions in Wales

        1. Section 35: Functions of the Assembly relating to family proceedings

        2. Section 36: Ancillary powers of the Assembly

        3. Section 37: Welsh family proceedings officers

        4. Section 38: Inspections

        5. Section 39: Protection of children

        6. Section 40: Advisory and support services for family proceedings: supplementary

        7. Schedule 3 – Advisory and support services for family proceedings

        8. Section 41: Sharing of information

      2. Transfers

        1. Section 42: Transfer of property from to Assembly

        2. Section 43: Transfer of staff from to Assembly

      3. Private fostering

        1. Section 44: Amendments to notification scheme

        2. Section 45: Power to establish registration scheme in England

        3. Section 46: Power to establish a registration scheme in Wales

        4. Section 47: Expiry of power in sections 45 and 46

        5. Section 48: Child minding and day care

        6. Schedule 4: Child minding and day care

        7. Section 49: Payments to foster parents

      4. Local authority services

        1. Section 50: Intervention

        2. Section 51: Inspection of local education authorities

        3. Section 52: Duty of local authorities to promote educational achievement

        4. Section 53: Ascertaining children’s wishes

        5. Section 54: Information about individual children

        6. Section 55: Social services committees

        7. Schedule 5:  Repeals, part 4 social services committees and departments

      5. Other provisions

        1. Section 57: Fees payable to members of independent review panel

        2. Section 58: Reasonable punishment

        3. Section 60: Child safety orders

        4. Section 61: Children’s Commissioner for Wales: powers of entry

        5. Section 62: Publication of material relating to legal proceedings

        6. Section 63: Disclosure of information by Inland Revenue

        7. Section 67: Commencement

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