Children and Social Work Act 2017

An Act to make provision about looked after children; to make other provision in relation to the welfare of children; and to make provision about the regulation of social workers.

The Children and Social Work Act has four main purposes:

  • Improving decision making, and support for looked after and previously looked after children in England and Wales.
  • Improving joint work at the local level to safeguard children and enabling better learning at the local and national levels to improve practice in child protection.
  • Promoting the safeguarding of children by providing for Relationships and Sex Education in schools.
  • Enabling the establishment of a new regulatory regime specifically for the social work profession in England.