The Children Act 1989 Section 47



Part, Section or Article

Section 47

Partners Involved in Information Sharing

Local Authorities with a responsibility for Children
Any school approved under Section 242 of the Education Act 1996 and within the area of the LA
Colleges and other FE providers
The Police and other law enforcement bodies
Relevant Health PartnersLA Housing Partners

Application and Explanation of Use as a Legal Gateway

Under Section 47, where an LA is informed that a child within the LA is subject to Police protection, or is subject to an emergency protection order, or where a child in the LA is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, the LA must make any necessary enquiries in order to determine the need for action to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare.

Disclosure of information is made under the requirements of Section 27

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