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Children’s Minister Plans Changes to Children and Social Work Bill
‘Fierce debate’ surrounding children’s services has led to a response from Children’s Minister Edward Timpson regarding plans of a reform.
Source: HM Government
In an interview with Community Care, Timpson stated that he had been listening to views from the likes of social workers and directors of children’s services, in regards to the Social Work Bill. He has now made amendments to the Bill accordingly, including:
The New Social Work Regulator
The social work regulator has been given more independence which has allowed it to give higher standards of support to social workers, especially in the case of potential whistle-blowers. A main focus of the new social work regulator was to pay a lot of attention to building and maintaining relationships with children in care and care leavers, as well as providing more support for adopted children.
Altered and Improved Clauses
Timpson also stated that by allowing local authorities “the power to innovate” and try out new approaches to their practice, this will allow for improvement among services, as long as the proper safeguarding is in place. There are plans in place to introduce a “much altered and improved set of clauses for consideration by parliament”. The reasoning behind these altered and improved clauses is to give local authorities the flexibility to try out different ways of delivering services in order to ensure that children are given the best services possible.