The Children Act 2004
The Children Act 2004 states that the interests of children and young people are paramount in all considerations of welfare and safeguarding and that safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.
Safeguarding in the broadest sense can only be achieved by improving a wide range of outcomes for children and young people, including their health, education and development, safety, and economic circumstances.
This can only be delivered and sustained when key people and bodies work together to design and deliver more integrated services around the needs of children and young people.
The Children Act provides a legislative spine for the wider strategy for improving children's lives. This covers the universal services which every child accesses, and more targeted services for those with additional needs.
Children Act Link www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040031.htm