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Opting Out of Children’s Social Care Laws, Send Views to Committee Before Jan 10th

The Government is proposing a modified version of the ‘power to test different ways of working’ (ie opt out of children’s social care legislation) which will be discussed by a  Committee of MPs on January 10th 2017 when Minister Edward Timpson will speak to a series of amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill in the form of new clauses to the Bill (full details HERE)

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Power to test different ways of working Bill Committee January 10th 2017

The Children and Social Work Bill began in the House of Lords back in May 2016. Among the many controversial elements was the proposal to introduce ‘power to test different ways of working’ by allowing – or directing a replacement Trust in the case of failing councils – local authorities to opt out of children’s social care legislation. A petition against this attracted over 107,000 signatories and the House of Lords voted to take the clauses out of the Bill. A list of organisations opposing the proposals can be found here (Article 39 Briefing). Continue reading

Government amendments to opt out clause for social work October 2016

This blog post sets out the amendments proposed by the Minister Lord Nash to the Children and Social Work Bill in early November 2016. The amendments dealt with not-for-profit companies, reference to welfare of children, and setting up an expert panel. Continue reading

Powers to test different ways of working children’s social care

Controversial ‘powers to innovate’ for children’s social care are contained in the Children and Social Work Bill.

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