The College of Social Work summary of the Children and Families Act 2014: summary

Document type
Summary
Corporate author(s)
College of Social Work
Publisher
College of Social Work, The
Date of publication
7 April 2014
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Families, Legislation, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Children and Families Act was given royal assent in March 2014.

The main provisions affecting social work include:

  • A duty for local authorities to consider placing looked after children with prospective adopters;
  • A duty for local authorities to consider placing looked after children with family and friends
    carers before prospective adopters;
  • Repeal of the requirement to give due consideration to ethnicity in adoption placements;
  • Powers for the Secretary of State to instruct local authorities to make arrangements for all or
    any of their functions to be carried out on their behalf by independent adoption agencies.
  • A 26 week timetable for the completion of care proceedings

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