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Children and Families Bill to give families support, 09/05/12 [E/S/W]

New children and families legislation legislation was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 9 May 2012.

Much of the Bill does not apply to Scotland - with the exception of plans for flexible parental leave.

The Bill would introduce a single, simpler assessment process for children with SEN or disabilities, backed up by new Education, Health and Care Plans. It would speed up care proceedings in family courts with the introduction of a new six-month time limit on cases and other reforms. It would include legislation to stop delays by social workers in matching parents to ethnic minority children. It would strengthen the law so children have a relationship with both parents if families break up – if that is in their best interest. Ministers will consult shortly on the legal options about how this would work. The Bill would also strengthen the powers of the Children’s Commissioner in England. It also contains provision relating to flexible parental leave. The Bill is expected to be introduced early in 2013.

For full details see the Department for Education news release.

Further Information

Children and Families Bill to give families support when they need it most
Queens Speech