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Children's Act 1989

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many section 47 Children's Act 1989 referrals were made of 18 to 21-year-old prisoners to adult social services by (a) the Prison Service and (b) the Probation Service in the last 12 months. (308027)

Section 47 of the Children's Act 1989 sets out local authorities' obligations to investigate concerns about the welfare of those under the age of 18. There is therefore no provision under this section for either the prison or probation services to make a referral to adult social services for young adult offenders aged between 18 and 21.