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Parliament launches interactive site for new Children and Families Bill

The House of Commons has launched a website inviting comments from members of the public on the recently published Children and Families Bill.

The site notes the basic changes that would be introduced by the bill, including changes  designed to speed up adoption and simplify cases involving children. It would introduce a presumption in favour of shared parenting for separated and divorced couples, as well as a 26 week timetable for care and supervision orders.

Visitors to the site are invited to comment on either the whole draft bill or specific sections, with the site noting:

“MPs are particularly interested in your comments on the practical implications of specific clauses of the Bill.”

The site has attracted 20 detailed comments to date.

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  1. Bruno D'Itri says:

    Hi Marilyn

    It seems incredibly strange that there are currently only 45 posts, 3 of which are mine! The site closes on Monday 25 February.
    Surely more people should have taken the opportunity to contribute to this extremely important debate?

    Bruno D’Itri

  2. vob says:

    How I agree with you, there should be a visible public outcry to what is going on. The proposed twenty six week timetable for children seen as in the children s ”best interest” It is not in their interests when it takes longer to uncover and prove unprofessional behavior by those in power. The children will be long gone. It really is a shocking state of affairs. The Government like many of the Guards of Auschwitz thought they were doing the right thing at the time
    The lesson of history should have been learnt ” The Government is not”GOD” and should not ”Social Engineer”.

  3. vob says:

    Judges should always speak to children in care cases no matter what their age, at the very least view video ”family interaction” . Social workers assessments should never be taken at face value these often do not portray a real situation.
    Remember that old saying ” A picture paints a thousand words”. When a child has felt and feels love from a parent or their family it will never evaporate. Some of these parents
    have been neglectful in ways and this is not acceptable however , the love the children have been given will never be replaced by ” Forced Adoption”. this innate Love is one of the contributors to the rising numbers in Adoption and Fostering failures.

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