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ERIC Number: EJ818010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 10 Years on: The Resource Demands of Legislative Change
Donaldson, Theresa; Harbison, Jeremy
Child Care in Practice, v12 n3 p299-308 Jul 2006
In the paper "A Fairer Deal For Legal Aid" (2005), the Department of Constitutional Affairs poses the question: Are we ensuring that system resources are used in the "most proportionate, efficient, effective and timely way to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families?" This paper argues that the issue of effective use of system resources is equally applicable to Northern Ireland. It discusses the expectation that the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 implemented on 4 November 1996 would deliver a re-balancing of the relationship between the State and the family, with emphasis on prevention and early intervention and with less demand for crisis-orientated services. The statistical evidence generated by agencies involved in Children Order proceedings suggests that this expectation was not met. The statistics on the number and length of Care Order applications suggest the use of compulsion has increased and, it is argued here, that the result of this is that the resource demands of the legal process affecting all of the agencies that support this process have also increased. It is also argued that by continuing to direct resources toward the legal process, the availability of resources for early intervention and for the prevention of cases coming before the court in the first place is reduced.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Wales)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Children Act 1989 (Great Britain)