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26 JUN 2006

Children and Adoption Act 2006

The Children and Adoption Act 2006 (the 2006 Act) was given Royal Assent on 21 June 2006 and is "An Act to make provision as regards contact with children; to make provision as regards family assistance orders; to make provision about risk assessments; to make provision as regards adoptions with a foreign element; and for connected purposes".

Part 1 - Orders with respect to children in family proceedings

Section 1 of the 2006 Act deals with contact activity directions and conditions and inserts s 11A-G after s 11 of the Children Act 1989. Section 2 deals with monitoring contact and inserts s 11H after s 11G into the Children Act 1989. Section 3 deals with contact orders: warning notices and inserts s 11I after s 11H of the Children Act 1989. Section 4 deals with enforcement orders and insert s 11J-N after s 11I of the Children Act 1989. Section 5 of the 2006 Act deals with compensation for financial loss and inserts s 11O-P after s 11N of the Children Act 1989.

Section 6 amends s 16 of the Children Act 1989 regarding family assistance orders.

Section 7 of the 2006 Act inserts s 16A regarding risk assessments after s 16 of the Children Act 1989.

Section 8 of the 2006 Act is a transitional provision which applies to any contact order under s 8 of the Children Act 1989 made before, and in force on, the relevant date.

Part 2 - Adoptions with a foreign element

Section 9 of the 2006 Act makes provision for the Secretary of State to make a declaration of special restrictions on adoptions from abroad.

Section 11 defines special restrictions.

Section 12 makes provision for the imposition of extra conditions in certain cases.

Section 13 of the 2006 Act inserts s 91A regarding power to charge after s 91 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Part 3 - Miscellaneous and final

Section 16 relates to regulations and orders.

Section 17 provides the short title, commencement details and extent of the 2006 Act.

Schedules

Schedule 1 inserts Sch A1 on enforcement orders before Sch 1 to the Children Act 1989.

Schedule 2 makes minor and consequential amendments to the Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973, the Family Law Act 1986, the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Schedule 3 deals with repeals to the Children Act 1989.

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