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.

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