Cafcass marks 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989
November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of the Children Act 1989, a landmark piece of legislation for children and families going through the family courts and for social work practice in this country. The act was implemented in October 1991 and made the welfare of the child the court’s ‘paramount’ concern.
Throughout November Cafcass will join the Law Commission, Baroness Hale and others to play its part in marking the anniversary of a law which ushered in a new culture of children’s welfare and brought public and private law together in one statute.
Cafcass has recently launched its Strategic Plan for 2019-23 and will use the anniversary of the Children’s Act as an opportunity for dialogue around the legislation’s continuing influence on the work we do with children and families. Staff who were training, qualifying or newly qualified when the recommendations of the Act came into force in 1991 will stimulate this debate by sharing their recollections across the organisation and via our social media channels.