Children in Need - s17

The Local Authority has two important duties with respect to children in need under Section 17:

  • To safeguard and promote their welfare;
  • To promote wherever possible their upbringing by their families.

The Act defines a child in need as follows as:

  • a child who is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by a Local Authority; or
  • a child whose health or development is likely to be significantly impaired; or further impaired, without the provision for him of such services; or
  • a child is disabled