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Children and Families Act 2014


Family and social welfare

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9 September 2014

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
256 pages

Children and Families Act 2014

Noel Arnold


The Children and Families Act 2014 is the most far-reaching child welfare legislation to be introduced by Parliament since the Children Act 1989.

Children and Families Act 2014 offers you the full text of all the Parts of the Act dealing with family justice matters, including commentary on each of those parts. Expert author Noel Arnold also outlines the major changes that you need to be aware of and offers insight into how these may impact the day-to-day practice of the busy family lawyer.

Key changes introduced by this new legislation impact areas including:

  • Adoption and orders for contact or no contact
  • Aspects of the family justice system
  • Private family law arrangements for children and parental involvement
  • Time limits for care and supervision proceedings
  • The introduction of compulsory mediation information assessment meetings (MIAMs)
  • Fostering to adopt
  • Scrutiny of care plans.

How this guide is of benefit to you:

  • Reproduces the pertinent sections of the new Act, and offers invaluable commentary on each part of it
  • Offers guidance on the major changes to children law you need to be aware of and outlines how they will affect family proceedings
  • Includes up-to-date information including the key legislation
  • Endorsed by the Association of Lawyers for Children.
This book will be essential reading for all family and children lawyers.


Preface by the Association of Lawyers for Children
Chapter 1 Public family law
Chapter 2 Adoption law
Chapter 3 Children in care
Chapter 4 Private family law
Chapter 5 The Family Court
Chapter 6 Children's Commissioner
Appendix: The Children and Families Act 2014

About the Author

Noel Arnold is a practising solicitor and the Director of Legal Practice at Coram Children's Legal Centre. He is the author of the Solicitor's Journal quarterly Children Law Update, has written for several journals on children law and previously contributed to three Law Society books on children law. Noel is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children's Executive Committee and the Law Society's Children Law Sub-Committee. He is accredited to the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation Scheme and has delivered extensive training on public family law reform.