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Question: Ruth is a heroin addict and works as a prostitute to pay for her addiction. She has two children, Daniel aged 13, and Ellie aged 2. Ruth has never been married, nor has she ever entered into a parental responsibility agreement with either of the children’s fathers. She does not know who Daniel’s father is. Ellie’s father is also a heroin addict. He has no interest in his daughter................Advise Ruth as to what powers the Local Authority has in terms of protection for the children. Advise as to both the short term and long term options. (You are not required to consider adoption)

Answer: In answering this question, the relevant statute that applies is the Children Act 1989 which deals with the local authorities and their powers of intervention. In order for the child to be placed into the care of the local authority the child has to be considered as being ‘in need’ which section 17(10) of the act defines as being a child who requires local authority services to maintain or achieve a reasonable standard of health or development; or whose health or development will be significantly or further impaired without services or who is disabled....(short extract)

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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Family Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 68%
  • Words: 3996
  • Date submitted: July 07, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1810

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