Month: October 2016

Peers vow to vote against social care exemptions

Amendments have been tabled by Lord Ramsbotham, Lord Watson and Lord Warner to remove Clauses 29-33 from the Children and Social Work Bill.

These Clauses allow individual councils to be excused from their legal duties towards vulnerable children and care leavers. Every children’s social care Act of Parliament since 1933 is affected.

The vote is expected to take place next week (beginning 18 October).

Article 39 is a founder member of Together for Children, which is a network of 32 organisations and 140+ individual experts who oppose the exemption clauses.

Mounting public concern over this part of the Children and Social Work Bill has led us to join forces with 38 Degrees.

Please sign and promote our 38 Degrees petition.

Defending children’s social care rights

Article 39 is one of 31 organisations opposing the exemption clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill, which will allow the removal of council’s statutory duties towards vulnerable children and care leavers area-by-area.

More than 140 individual experts, including many parents and carers of disabled children, are also calling for the exemption clauses to be removed from the Bill.

The Bill reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords on 18 October. We are working hard to persuade Peers to join together to defend children’s social care rights.

Read our briefing here.

Visit the Together for Children site for more information about the campaign.