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Welfare principle

The welfare principle is set out in Children Act 1989. It states that a child’s welfare is the paramount consideration when the courts are making a decision about a child’s upbringing. It is also referred to as the ‘paramountcy principle‘.

What this means is that the welfare of the child must come before, and take priority over, any other factors.

Children’s services should be guided by this principle when working with children and their families.

For more information see:

Welfare checklist.

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