What does the Children Act 1989 mean to you?

Join Children England and children's champions from across the sector in Manchester on November 12th, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this landmark legislation. As you would expect from a Children England debate, we will be inviting varied perspectives, including historical and contemporary analysis of the Act's intentions, implementation and interpretation as contexts have changed. It was ground breaking - but is it fit for purpose today?

Our speakers include:

  • Jayne Tunstill, Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39 
  • Godfred Boahen, Policy and Research Officer, British Association of Social Workers

The unique perspective of Rupert Hughes, the senior civil servant who drew together sector expertise and political consensus to create the Act, will be re-published from Children England's November 2000 annual review and available on the day.

We would love you to bring your own views! We also expect to include young people in the debate, so feel free to book places for young people you work with too. 

Refreshments will be available. 

This event will be free to Children England members, whilst there will be a small charge for non-members*.

Book your tickets below, or contact us with any questions.

*If you work for a charity working with children and families, you might want to think about membership of Children England, which starts at £50 for our smallest members, and includes events like our annual debate, as well as resources and representation. 

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