Setting the scene
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book concentrates on those parts of the Children Act 1989 that relate to the provision of services by local authorities to children and families; the powers and duties of local authorities in such circumstances; care and supervision proceedings, and child protection issues. It intends for use by key frontline workers and managers involved in child care work, especially social workers, guardians ad litem, education welfare officers, teachers, probation officers, senior nursing officers, doctors, health visitors, and police officers working in juvenile bureaux or special assessment teams. The book contains information from research into the implementation of the Act, up-to-date case law, relevant new legislation and guidance from the courts, and government and specially commissioned reports on various aspects of the child care system.