This chapter reviews the different legal structures developed in England to create or recognise relationships between children and their carers. It notes that law is for families, and must therefore respond to family and social practices. Complex procedures, which rely on application to the courts are inappropriate for most families in a society where courts are strongly associated with dispute resolution. Automatic recognition allowing carers to make day to day decisions or recognition through simple procedures is most likely to support family's and official bodies' needs for clarity about roles and responsibilities.
|Translated title of the contribution||Securing a relationship between children and their carers- trial and error in England|
|Title of host publication||Family law and the well-being of children|
|Editors||Tsvetana Kamenova, Velina Todorova|
|Publisher||Institute for Legal studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Wellchi Network|
|Pages||63 - 91|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|