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Children and Families Bill Committee Stage Report

Published Friday, May 31, 2013

The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper complements Research Paper 13/11 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.

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This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Children and Families Bill. It complements Research Paper 13/11 prepared for the Commons Second Reading and has been written to inform the Report Stage debate.

The Bill would reform legislation relating to adoption and children in care; aspects of the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England; statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters; time off work for ante-natal care; and the right to request flexible working.

The Bill was carried over from session 2012-13. The Bill discussed in this paper is Bill 131 of that session, as originally presented and considered in Public Bill Committee.

Commons Briefing papers RP13-32

Authors: Robert Long; Christine Gillie; Catherine Fairbairn; Douglas Pyper

Topics: Child care, Children and families, Divorce, Employment, Family law, Further education, Schools, Special educational needs

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