Child Care Act 1991
Welfare of child to be paramount.
24.— In any proceedings before a court under this Act in relation to the care and protection of a child F192 [ and in proceedings before the High Court under Part IVA (as amended by the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011) in relation to special care ], the court, having regard to the rights and duties of parents, whether under the Constitution or otherwise, shall—
( a) regard the welfare of the child as the first and paramount consideration, and
( b) in so far as is practicable, give due consideration, having regard to his age and understanding, to the wishes of the child.