This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Children and Social Work Bill, the background to it, and summarises reaction to date on the measures proposed in the Bill.Jump to full report >>
The Government announced in the Queen’s Speech delivered on 18 May 2016 that a bill would be introduced in the 2016–17 session to “ensure that children can be adopted by new families without delay, improve the standard of social work and opportunities for young people in care in England”. The Children and Social Work Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords the next day, on 19 May 2016, and is scheduled to receive its second reading on 14 June 2016.
A short overview of the Bill, published by the Government Whips’ Office in the House of Lords, states that the Bill would build on the “huge steps” already taken to “enable children in care to stay with their former foster families after they turn 18, to deliver a world-class adoption system and to support high quality training and development of social workers”. It adds that new measures in the Bill include:
This Library briefing examines the Bill, the background to it, and summarises reaction to date on the measures it proposes.
Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0031
Author: Thomas Brown