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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cooper, J. (2021), In need of what? Section 17 Provision under the Children Act 1989 doi: 10.1111/chso.12519 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12519 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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In need of what?: Section 17 Provision under the Children Act 1989

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/11/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Children and Society
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date7/11/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article considers Section 17 ‘child in need’ provision under the Children Act 1989, the main legislation governing Children's Services in England. Arguably, Section 17 has never been given the same priority as other statutory requirements under the Act. The intention was to create a broad umbrella provision for children living with their families, but children assessed as ‘in need’ are not entitled to receive such services unless they are disabled. This exploration is timely given the current Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England, ongoing austerity measures, high rates of child poverty and COVID-19. Consideration is given to the development of Section 17 and what the future may hold.