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Timeline :: Children and Young Persons Act passed

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This 1963 legislation extended the power of local authorities across the UK in regard to children's welfare, expressed as follows:

"It shall be the duty of every local authority to make available such advice, guidance and assistance as may promote the welfare of children by diminishing the need to receive children into care under the Children Act 1948, the principal Act
or the principal Scottish Act or to bring children before a juvenile court; and any provisions made by a local authority under this subsection may, if the local authority think fit, include provision for giving assistance in kind or, in exceptional circumstances, in cash."

The Act also raised the minimum age of criminimal responsibility in England and Wales to 10 years.