The Children and Families Act 2014
The 22nd April 2014 was a red-letter day in the world of Family Law. The date saw the enactment of “the most far-reaching child welfare legislature to be considered by Parliament in decades”: the Children and Families Act 2014.
The aim of the Act is to give “greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life” and will also ensure that “vital changes to the adoption system can be put into practice, meaning more children who need loving homes are placed faster” and “reforms for children in care can be implemented including giving them the choice to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday.”
The 22nd April saw, in addition to the new Act, the establishment of a unified Family Court, simplifying the extant system whereby family proceedings may have been heard by county courts, Magistrates’ courts or the High Court.
But what effect do there changes have upon those who are fighting to keep their families together?
Please note that while we have made every effort to ensure that all information on our websites is accurate and up-to-date, these new changes are sweeping and comprehensive. We cannot therefore guarantee the accuracy of any articles predating the changes unless we have clearly marked them as having been updated to align with the new legislature.