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The aim of the Children Act 1989 was to simplify the law relating to children.

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  • Submitted: 26/04/2004
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Discuss the current debates in relation to contact orders and the absent parent

The aim of the Children Act 1989 was to simplify the law relating to children, making it more consistent and flexible. In essence the objective was to make the law more appropriate by making it child centred. Hester (2002) contended that the Act re-defined child care law, introducing new measures for working with children and families in both public and private family law. Generally speaking the Children Act has embodied a fresh approach to working with and for children, underpinned by the principle that the child's welfare is paramount. Under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 the court may make four types of order within family proceedings in respect of the child's welfare: a contact order, a residence order, a prohibited steps order and a specific issue order.

This report focuses primarily on contact orders and the problems that have been associated with them since the implementation of the Act. It will discuss in depth the issue of domestic violence and the concept of implacable hostility.

A contact order requires the person with whom the child lives or is to

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