Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act 1889
|Long title||An Act for the Prevention of Cruelty to, and better Protection of, Children.|
|Citation||52 & 53 Vict. c.44|
|Royal assent||26 August 1889|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act 1889, commonly known as the Children's Charter, was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it then was).
It was the first Act of Parliament for the prevention of cruelty to children. It enabled the state to intervene, for the first time, in relations between parents and children. Police could arrest anyone found ill-treating a child, and enter a home if a child was thought to be in danger. The act included guidelines on the employment of children and outlawed begging.
- The Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act 1889, as originally enacted, from the Office of Public Sector Information.
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