- Exempting councils from child protection rules—a pragmatic or callous action?
- What are the main provisions in the Children and Social Work Bill?
- Chapter 1—Corporate parenting principles and child centred provision
- Chapter 2—Safeguarding
- Clause 29—power to test different ways of working
- Part 2—social workers in England
- Why is the power to test innovation, also known as the 'exemption clause', so controversial?
- Is there a danger that proposals could create a two-tier approach to children's social care or a postcode lottery whereby some councils take a more pro-active approach than others in streamlining services?
- How does the Bill compare to recent reforms to adult social care through the Care Act 2014 (CA 2014)?
- What is the parliamentary timetable for this Bill, is it likely to face cross party opposition at any stage?
Local Government analysis: Paul McDermott, partner in Trowers & Hamlins’ social care and health group, considers the government’s proposed Children and Social Work Bill which includes a controversial clause giving ministers the power to exempt local councils from legal duties to children in social care.
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