New law will let councils opt out of child protection rules – as if they ever adhered to them in the first place… – The Independent
A Government Bill is to give local councils unprecedented new powers to opt out of child protection laws, leading children’s charities to warn that vulnerable children could suffer.
The Children and Social Work Bill, which is currently before Parliament, would give ministers the power to exempt local councils from legal duties to children in social care. This includes children under the supervision of social workers and those living in care homes or foster homes.
The change means decades of child protection laws could be ignored by councils who argue they have better – or cheaper – solutions.
40 charities, including Liberty, Women’s Aid and the Howard League for Penal Reform have joined forces to oppose what they call the “dangerous” plans.
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