Significant Harm

This differs from “harm”, which is defined as “ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development including, for example, impairment suffered from seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another” (Children’s Act 1989). Significant harm means that the harm is considerable and requires investigation and intervention by Children’s Services. During Proceedings, the law requires local authorities and the courts to compare your child’s health and development with a similar child to establish whether the harm is significant.