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Our submission, which is endorsed by a number of organisations and individuals, sets out our concerns that the proposed Regulations and associated guidance could result in children who are accommodated in local authority care with the voluntary... agreement of their parents, being placed with potential adopters without any court decision & without the parents being first notified or having legal advice and despite there being potentially suitable family members. We also fear proposals that seem to introduce an underlying presumption against siblings being placed together. We set out safeguards to ensure fair process and ensure the child’s welfare needs, including their identify and right to family life are central.

We are in the process of updating all the information on our website to include these changes. In the meantime please note that any residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements orders which have the same effect. If you need further advice, contact our advice service on 0808 801 0366.

Advice Service

We can advise you if you are a parent, friend or relative and social workers are involved in your child’s life, or you need extra support from Children’s Services. We also have a parental advocacy project.

Contact us:
Call our advice line on: 0808 801 0366
Visit our: discussion boards.
Visit our: Need help and advice section.