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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 584-605; doi:10.3390/socsci3030584

Time is of the Essence: Risk and the Public Law Outline, Judicial Discretion and the Determination of a Child’s Best Interests

School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 29 August 2014 / Published: 23 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Developments in Child Protection)
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Abstract

The Children and Families Act 2014 has introduced a 26-week timeline for Children Act 1989 care and supervision court cases. This article discusses the risks and possible ramifications for children and parents of this measure, which halves the average length of care proceedings. This is to be set against evidence that faster resolution of children’s cases is possible without prejudicing the quality of court decision making; however, careful monitoring is indicated to ensure that child welfare is at the forefront in the decision making process and the individual rights of all concerned are protected. View Full-Text
Keywords: children; risk; care proceedings; Children and Families Act 2014; Public Law Outline children; risk; care proceedings; Children and Families Act 2014; Public Law Outline
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Welbourne, P. Time is of the Essence: Risk and the Public Law Outline, Judicial Discretion and the Determination of a Child’s Best Interests. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 584-605.

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