The Children and Families Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.
The Bill contains provisions on a range of policies which span the responsibilities of the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions. It aims to reform legislation relating to adoption and looked after children. It contains measures to reform the family justice system and the special educational needs system and as well as containg measures on wider changes to childcare; introducing a new system of shared parental leave following childbirth or adoption and extending to all employees the right to request flexible working. The Bill also reforms the functions and role of the Children’s Commissioner.
I have been disappointed by the lack of an impact assessment of the full effects of the Bill and was able to raise my concerns about part 3 of the Bill which deals specifically with special educational needs during the debate.
You can read my question to the Minster here.