‘Bonfire of children’s rights’ bill opposed

11 Jan 2017


Posted By: SG   |   Source: BBC News   |   URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38522623


The Children and Social Work Bill, which has been described as a ‘bonfire of children’s rights’ by opponents, would allow councils to abandon children’s rights and care checks in order to experiment with new ways of working. The government believes it to be a bold approach to get rid of unnecessary red tape, but campaigners say it is extremely risky.

“The legal duties affected by the Bill relate to nearly all the social care services children receive from local authorities laid down in numerous acts of Parliament. These include statutory rights on child protection, family support, children’s homes and fostering, support to care leavers and services for disabled children.”

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