The Children Act now: messages from research

Aldgate, Jane and Stratham, Jane (2001). The Children Act now: messages from research. London, UK: Stationery Office.



This book is an overview, prepared for the Department of Health, of the 24 research studies in their Studies in Evaluating the Children Act 1989 Initiative. The overview contains lessons for all those concerned with providing services to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people. The overview shows the difference the implementation of the Children Act 1989 has made to refining definitions of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in need, to children's participation in decision-making, working in partnership with parents, providing effective social services and the value of interdisicplinary working between services. The book also contains summaries of the 24 studies on which it is based.
The Children Act 1989 is one of the most important pieces of legislation relevant to children's services. In the 1990s the Department of Health initiated a programme of research on how it was being implemented. This publication summarises and brings together the findings from 24 of these studies.

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