A guide to the Children and Families Act 2014 aimed at young people has been published by the Department for Education.
The Act, which came into force in April, introduced a number changes to the law regarding children in England and Wales. These included changes to the adoption system which would allow children to be placed in new homes more quickly, and the right to stay with foster families until the age of 21, as long as the families themselves agree to this. The Children’s Commissioner acquired new powers and parents were encouraged to resolve disputes outside court.
The newly published guide is designed to explain the Act’s various provisions to younger readers in clear and straightforward language. It includes a joint forward from Children’s Minister Edward Timpson and Minister for Employment Relations Jo Swinson.
It begins by by explaining that:
“Some things in [the Act] are completely new. Other things in it change what used to be in the law.
It does not say everything that is in the law about children and families, but only what is new and what is changed.”
Read the new guide here.