The College of Social Work briefing on Clause 14 of the Children and Families Bill

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
College of Social Work
Publisher
College of Social Work, The
Date of publication
11 October 2013
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Families, Legislation, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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In this briefing the College of Social Work set out their concerns about Clause 14 of the Children and Families Bill. Clause 14 is concerned with time limits and timetables and places a 26 week time limit on completion of care proceedings.

The College of Social Work believe there are good reasons why care proceedings and arriving at an appropriate permanence plan may take longer with some children. The College therefore supports the NSPCC’s proposal to amend clause 14 to ensure there is greater clarity on how to manage instances when longer timescales are needed to meet the needs of the child, and to enable the court to set out this timetable from the outset of proceedings rather than continually adding eight week extensions.

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