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Making Care Proceedings Better for Children

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Child Protection All-Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Meg Munn MP, this week launched a report into family justice reforms. The report ‘Making Care Proceedings Better for Children’ recommends that government reforms in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill must focus on the best interests of the child.

The report welcomes the government’s aim of reducing unnecessary delay and drift in the care system. However, it highlights the need to improve decision making and outcomes for all children involved in care proceedings.

It calls for further consideration of the government’s six-month limit for completion of care cases to avoid adverse effects on children. It also examines how judges and social workers should listen to children and ensure their views are taken into consideration. Many children interviewed for the report said they never met or talked to the judge taking decisions on their behalf, and many social workers interviewed admitted being ‘intimidated by judges.’

The Children and Families Bill is a flagship Bill for the government and was formally introduced to Parliament last week. It will be debated for the first time on the 25th February in the House of Commons.

Meg said:


“We must ensure that the court’s scrutiny of care plans is always in the best interests of the child. The courts, along with social workers, play an important role in improving the quality of care.


I hope we can work with the government as the Children’s and Families Bill progresses through Parliament, in support of these much needed reforms.”


You can view the report online at the NSPCC website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/policyandpublicaffairs/england/consultations/APPG-CP-report_wdf94210.pdf


Associated Photograph :

Meg with Tom Loughton MP (Vice-Chair), Ann Coffey MP and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Secretary).

Meg with Tom Loughton MP (Vice-Chair), Ann Coffey MP and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Secretary).

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