A brief history of child protection legislation in the UK

Topic Selected: Child Abuse

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1889

The Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act 1889 was the first statute of many to impose criminal penalties to deter mistreatment of children.

 

1904

Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act 1904 enabled NSPCC Inspectors to remove children from abusive or neglectful family homes.

 

1908

Punishment of Incest Act 1908 – made sexual abuse within families a matter for state jurisdiction rather than intervention by the clergy.

 

1926

Adoption of Children Act 1926 – provided adoption for the first time as an alternative to guardianship or institutional care in orphanages.

 

1948

The Children Act 1948 follo

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