Welfare Checklist

A checklist all Judges must have regard to when deciding to make a Section 8 Order under the Children Act 1989:

  • the wishes and feelings of the child
  • the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs
  • the likely effect on the child of any change in circumstances
  • the child’s age, sex, background and any other of his or her characteristics which the court considers relevant
  • any harm which the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering
  • how capable each parent (and any other relevant person) is of meeting the child’s needs

More information can be found here.