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NCJ Number: 157271 Find in a Library
Title: Children Order: Framework for Change
Journal: Lay Panel Magazine  Volume:34  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:6-11
Author(s): J J M Harbison
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This discussion of the Children Order and its impact on children in Northern Ireland notes that the Order has been described as the most far-reaching reform of the law affecting children in this century.
Abstract: The law will be implemented in Northern Ireland over the next 12-18 months. The Order contains almost all the statute law on the care and upbringing of children and the social services provided for them. When implemented, it will have a major effect on the law applied by courts in any cases involving children. Its crucial principles are that the child's welfare must be the main consideration, children should be raised in their own families wherever possible, children should be safe, children should be kept informed and should take part in decisions about their future, and parents are responsible even when their children no longer live with them. Care and supervision orders will be the main orders used. New courts orders for child protection include the emergency protection order, child assessment order, residence order, contact order, prohibited steps, specific issue order, and family assistance order. A guardian ad litem service will also be developed.
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Child welfare; Foreign laws; Legislative impact; Northern Ireland
Note: Paper presented to International Conference, Growing Through Conflict: The Impact of 25 Years of Violence on Young People Growing Up in Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, April 3-7, 1995
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