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Wardship Orders

Lord Chancellor written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many wardship orders were made in each year since 1990.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)

The following statistics are available:

1990—6,227

1991—5,014.

The Children Act 1989 came into force on 14 October 1991. Under the Act, the use of wardship by local authorities is severely limited. Leave to make an application for any exercise of the court's inherent jurisdiction must be granted by the High Court. Applications by private individuals are not restricted, but the same results can generally be achieved by obtaining a prohibited steps or specific issue order under section 8 of the Act. Statistics have not been collected since 1991 because the number of wardship orders made has been negligible.

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