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Public Bill Committee: 14 March 2013                  

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

61

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  22,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Regulations may prescribe circumstances in which a clinical commissioning

 

group that would otherwise be a local partner of a local authority by virtue of

 

subsection (2)(k)(ii) is to be treated as not being a local partner of the authority.’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  33,  after ‘employment’, insert ‘, retaining employment

 

and accessing benefits’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

52

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  30,  page  24,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Regulations must make provision about a national framework, including—

 

(a)    

the principles underpinning the local offer;

 

(b)    

how services in the local offer are to be reviewed;

 

(c)    

the scope of what should be covered by the local offer;

 

(d)    

the format in which a local offer will be prepared and published; and

 

(e)    

how services can be held to account for failing to deliver what is set out

 

in the local offer.’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  32,  page  25,  line  1,  after ‘information’, insert ‘in an appropriately

 

accessible form’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  28,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the child or young person may be a disabled child under section 17 of the

 

Children Act 1989 or section 28 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled

 

Person’s Act 1970.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  28,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

they are a disabled child or young person under section 6 of the Equality

 

Act 2010 who may need healthcare provision in order to manage their

 

impairment.’.


 
 

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

37

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  28,  line  10,  leave out subsection (10).

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

43

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  28,  line  28,  after ‘assessments’, insert ‘including—

 

(i)    

triggering assessments under section 17 of the Children’s Act;

 

and

 

(ii)    

healthcare assessments.’.

 


 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

62

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  37,  page  29,  line  3,  leave out from ‘provision’ to end of line 4 and insert

 

‘reasonably required by the learning difficulties and disabilities which result in him or her

 

having special educational needs.

 

(2A)    

An EHC plan may also specify other health care and social care provision

 

reasonably required by the child or young person.’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

44

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  38,  page  29,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(g)    

an institution of higher education which the young person has accepted

 

an offer from.’.

 


 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

63

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  31,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(Z1)    

This section applies where a local authority maintains an EHC plan for a child or

 

young person.’.

 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

64

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  31,  line  35,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘(1)    

The local authority must secure the specified special educational provision for the

 

child or young person.

 

(1A)    

If the plan specifies health care provision, the responsible commissioning body

 

must arrange the specified health care provision for the child or young person.

 

(1B)    

“The responsible commissioning body”, in relation to any specified health care

 

provision, means the body (or each body) that is under a duty to arrange health

 

care provision of that kind in respect of the child or young person.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 14 March 2013                  

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

65

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  31,  line  37,  leave out ‘Subsection (1) does not apply if’ and insert

 

‘Subsections (1) and (1A) do not apply to the extent that’.

 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

66

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  31,  line  38,  after ‘suitable’, insert ‘alternative’.

 

Mr Edward Timpson

 

67

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  31,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

“Specified”, in relation to an EHC plan, means specified in the plan.’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

45

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  44,  page  32,  line  18,  after ‘maintains’, insert ‘, or has ever maintained,’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

46

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  45,  page  33,  line  5,  leave out from ‘authority’ to end of line 6 and insert

 

‘must maintain an EHC plan for a child or young person up to their 25th birthday unless’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

38

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  45,  page  33,  line  18,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

A local authority may only cease to maintain an EHC Plan if—

 

(a)    

the authority has completed a transition review meeting with the child or

 

young person and their family, at which there is agreement from all

 

parties that the specified outcomes to the EHC plan have been achieved;

 

and

 

(b)    

a transition plan has been completed in partnership with the child or

 

young person and their family and other agencies, which supports their

 

progression into the next phase, including higher education or

 

employment.’.

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  45,  page  33,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the procedure to be followed for transition review meetings and transition

 

plan development.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 14 March 2013                  

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  50,  page  35,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

‘(g)    

the social care provision specified in an EHC plan;

 

(h)    

the healthcare provision specified in an EHC plan.’.

 


 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

53

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  47,  line  15,  leave out Clause 69.

 


 

New clauses

 

Amendments to the Health Act 2006

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Bill Esterson

 

Mr Steve Reed

 

Pat Glass

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Health Act 2006 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After section 8, insert—

 

“8A    

Offence of failing to prevent smoking in a private vehicle when

 

children are present

 

(1)    

It is the duty of any person who drives a private vehicle to ensure that that

 

vehicle is smoke-free whenever a child or children under the age of 18

 

are in such vehicle or part of such vehicle.

 

(2)    

A person who fails to comply with the duty in subsection (1) commits an

 

offence.

 

(3)    

A person convicted of an offence under this section who has not

 

previously been convicted of such an offence shall have the option of

 

attending a smoke-free driving awareness course in place of paying a fine

 

under subsection (4).

 

(4)    

A person who does not wish to attend an awareness course or who has

 

previously been convicted of an offence under this section is liable on

 

summary conviction to a fine of £60.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State may introduce regulations to alter the level of

 

penalty payable under subsection (4).

 

(6)    

The Secretary of State shall update all relevant regulations regarding the

 

offence created under subsection (2) within six months of this section

 

coming into force.


 
 

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Children and Families Bill, continued

 
 

(7)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce regulations within six months of

 

this section coming into force to prescribe the format of the awareness

 

course in subsection (3).”.

 

(3)    

In section 79(4)(a), leave out “or 8(7)” and insert “, 8(7), or 8A(5).”.

 


 

Information sharing

 

Bill Esterson

 

Ann Coffey

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Before the end of one year beginning with the day on which this Act receives

 

Royal Assent, the Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

carry out a review of the benefits and risks to children, young people and

 

their families of increased information sharing between front-line

 

practitioners who provide services to them; and

 

(b)    

publish a report of the conclusions of the review.’.

 


 

Assessment and provision of adoption support services

 

Bill Esterson

 

Ann Coffey

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Part 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 4, leave out subsection (1) and insert the following new subsections—

 

“(1)    

Subject to subsection (1A), a local authority must in each year offer an

 

assessment of those persons’ needs for adoption support services to—

 

(a)    

any of the persons mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of section

 

3(1), or

 

(b)    

any other person who falls within a description prescribed by

 

regulations (subject to subsection (7)(a)).

 

(1A)    

Any requirement for an annual assessment under subsection (1) can be

 

postponed for one or more years with the agreement of the persons

 

concerned.

 

(1B)    

Following any assessment under subsection (1) the local authority

 

must—

 

(a)    

provide the persons concerned with the findings of the

 

assessment;

 

(b)    

specify in writing what services will be provided to meet these

 

needs;


 
 

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(c)    

explain in writing where the local authority is unable to provide

 

services to meet identified needs; and

 

(d)    

keep a record of all unmet needs and the reasons for them.”.’.

 


 

Continuity in the arrangements for the people with whom a child is to live

 

Bill Esterson

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 1 of the Children Act 1989, insert the following after subsection (2A)—

 

“(2B)    

In any family proceedings, unless the contrary is shown, a court is to

 

presume that continuity in the arrangements relating to the person or

 

people with whom a child is to live will further the child’s welfare.”.

 

(2)    

In section 22 of the Children Act 1989, insert the following after subsection (3)—

 

“(3ZA)    

A local authority is to presume, unless the contrary is shown, that

 

continuity in the arrangements relating to the person or people with

 

whom a child looked after by that local authority is to live will help to

 

fulfil its duty under subsection (3)(a) to safeguard and promote the

 

welfare of that child.”.’.

 


 

Long-term post-adoption and fostering support

 

Bill Esterson

 

Ann Coffey

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘A local authority must ensure that its adoption support services, special

 

guardianship support services and fostering support services are provided in a

 

way which is in the long-term interests of those for whom they are provided.’.

 


 

Status, rights and remuneration of non-biological parents

 

Bill Esterson

 

Ann Coffey

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Before the end of one year beginning with the day on which this Act receives

 

Royal Assent, the Secretary of State must—


 
 

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(a)    

carry out a review of—

 

(i)    

options for the professional recognition of carers who look after

 

children who are not their biological children, to include foster

 

parents, residential social workers and adoptive parents;

 

(ii)    

the status and rights of these carers; and

 

(iii)    

arrangements for the remuneration of these carers; and

 

(b)    

publish a report of the conclusions of the review.’.

 


 

Minimum four-day week requirement for special educational provision at further

 

education institutions

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Caroline Nokes

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Where an institution within the further education sector in England admits a

 

young person aged under 19 for whom an EHC plan is maintained, it must deliver

 

the special educational provision required by that young person on at least four

 

days in every week in which that provision is delivered.’.

 


 

Special guardianship support services: personal budgets

 

Lucy Powell

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In Part 2 of the Children Act 1989, after section 14F (Special guardianship

 

support services), insert—

 

“14G  

Special guardianship support services: personal budgets

 

(1)    

This section applies where—

 

(a)    

after carrying out an assessment under section 14F, a local

 

authority in England decides to provide any special guardianship

 

support services to a person (“the recipient”), and

 

(b)    

the recipient is a child being cared for by a special guardian or a

 

special guardian.

 

(2)    

The local authority must prepare a personal budget for the recipient if

 

asked to do so by the recipient or (in prescribed circumstances) a person

 

of a prescribed description.

 

(3)    

The authority prepares a “personal budget” for the recipient if they

 

identify an amount as available to secure the special guardianship support

 

services that they have decided to provide, with a view to the recipient

 

being involved in securing those services.


 
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