The Child Care Act 1991: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care
Canavan, A. & Gibbons, N. (1999). The Child Care Act 1991: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/1223
The Child Care Act 1991 is one of the most important laws for children and young people in this country. Generally children grow up within their own family but when difficulties arise (for example, death, poverty, abuse and neglect) it is sometimes necessary for the State to step in. The State protects children and young people by providing support and help for their families. If it is not possible to help the family to properly care for and protect the children, the State and the health boards have a duty to look after the needs of children. Sometimes this means that a child or young person needs to live away from their family in the care of the health board. The Child Care Act 1991 sets out how this can happen.