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Timeline :: Children (UK) Act passed

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The Children (UK) Act 1908 was passed, often described as the first ‘children’s charter’. It abolished the death penalty for children and put restrictions on their imprisonment. It also established the idea of separate juvenile courts. It made specific reference to public authorities having to act in a way that aimed to prevent cruelty and neglect, although in practice this usually meant removing them from home (Hothersall, 2006).