Amendments proposed to the Children Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Requirement to review working of Part 1 of the Act

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Hilton Dawson
Annette Brooke
Mr Phil Willis

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Children's Commissioner shall—

(a) keep under review the working of Part 1 of this Act and in doing so consult with children and representatives of organisations concerned with children's rights and interests;

(b) make reports on it to the Secretary of State in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

    (2)   The first report under this section shall be made as soon as practicable after the third anniversary of the coming into force of this Part.

    (3)   A subsequent report under this section shall be made at such time as the Children's Commissioner thinks fit, not being earlier than three years after the making of the last previous report.

    (4)   A report under this section—

(a) shall include the views of the Children's Commissioner on the adequacy and effectiveness of this Part; and

(b) may contain recommendations as to amendments to this Part which in the opinion of the Children's Commissioner are necessary desirable.

    (5)   The Secretary of State shall as soon as is reasonably practicable lay a copy of every report sent to him under this section before each House of Parliament.'.


Co-operation over provision of services

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Ruffley

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies to each of the following—

(a) those persons or bodies to which section 8 applies;

(b) the governing body and head teacher of a maintained school, an academy or an independent school;

(c) any health provider commissioned by a primary care trust;

(d) registered social landlords.

    (2)   Each person and body to whom this section applies shall—

(a) cooperate with other such persons and bodies to whom this section applies; and

(b) ensure that any person providing services pursuant to arrangements made by the person or body in the discharge of their functions co-operates with other such persons and bodies to whom this section applies,

       so as to improve the well-being of children and to ensure that the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted.'.


Appeals procedure

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Ruffley

NC4

To move the following Clause—

       'The Secretary of State shall establish an appeals procedure by which individuals referred to on the database (explicitly or implicitly) in respect of a child whose case has been referred to that database may challenge the inclusion of information.'.


Co-operation with other bodies: Wales

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Ruffley

NC5

To move the following Clause—

    '(1)   This section applies to each of the following—

(a) those persons or bodies to which section 23 applies,

(b) the governing body and head teacher of a maintained school, an academy or an independent school,

(c) any health provider commissioned by a Local Health Board,

(d) registered social landlords.

    (2)   Each person and body to whom this section applies shall—

(a) co-operate with other such persons and bodies to whom this section applies; and

(b) ensure that any person providing services pursuant to arrangements made by the person or body in the discharge of their functions co-operates with other such persons and bodies to whom this section applies,

       so as to improve the well-being of children and ensure that the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted.'.


Relationship between Commissioners

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Hilton Dawson
Annette Brooke
Mr Phil Willis

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )   The Children's Commissioner shall consult and work together with—

(a) the Children's Commissioner for Wales, the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland on matters concerning children's rights and interests throughout the United Kingdom; and

(b) the appropriate Commissioner or Commissioners on matters concerning children's rights and interests which appear to affect children in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in addition to England, unless the matter relates principally to events or circumstances in England.'.


Relationship between Commissioners (No. 2)

   

Julie Morgan
Hywel Williams

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Children's Commissioner shall consult and work together with—

(a) the Children's Commissioner for Wales, the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland on matters concerning children's rights and interests throughout the United Kingdom; and

(b) the appropriate Commissioner or Commissioners on matters concerning children's rights and interests which appear to affect children in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in addition to England.'.


Promotion of awareness of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

   

Mr Hilton Dawson

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       'Each Children's Service Authority in England must make arrangements to ensure that the principles and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are widely known to—

(a) members and staff of the authority;

(b) members and staff of the authority's relevant partners; and

(c) all children and parents living within the authority's area.'.


Children's services in England

   

Mr Hilton Dawson
Annette Brooke
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Roger Williams

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Where a children's services authority is a county council it must publish a plan for the devolution of co-operative arrangements to improve the well-being of children in the authority's area to district or primary care trust level.

    (2)   This devolved plan shall be reviewed every 4 years and the results of that review published.'.


Protection of children involved in prostitution

   

Mr Hilton Dawson
Hywel Williams

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

       'In section 1(1) of the Street Offences Act 1959 (c. 57) (which makes it an offence for a common prostitute to loiter or solicit for the purpose of prostitution) before "to loiter" insert "aged 18 or over".'.


National minimum fostering allowance

   

Mr Hilton Dawson
Annette Brooke
Mr Phil Willis
Hywel Williams
Mr Roger Williams

NC11

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Government will by regulations establish a national minimum fostering allowance payable by all Children's Services Authorities in England.'.


Further action following report on formal investigation (No. 2)

   

Annette Brooke
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Roger Williams
Hywel Williams

NC12

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Where the Children's Commissioner has made a report under section 4 which contains a recommendation as to action to be taken by a relevant body, the Commissioner may by notice require that body to provide the Commissioner within 3 months of the date of the notice with—

(a) such information as will enable the Children's Commissioner to determine whether the body has complied with the recommendation or will be complying with it; or

(b) a statement of the body's reason for not complying with the recommendation.

    (2)   A notice under subsection (1) shall include a statement that a failure by the body to respond within the period mentioned in that paragraph may be published in such manner as the Children's Commissioner considers appropriate.

    (3)   If, on receipt of a response from the body, the Children's Commissioner considers that—

(a) the action taken or proposed to be taken by the body to comply with the recommendation is inadequate; or

(b) the body's reason for not complying with the recommendation is inadequate, the Commissioner may send to the body concerned a further notice setting out the inadequacy and requiring the body to reconsider the matter and respond within one month of the date of the notice.

    (4)   A notice under subsection (3) shall include a statement that a failure by the body—

(a) to provide what the Children's Commissioner considers to be a satisfactory response; or

(b) to provide any response within the period mentioned in that subsection, may be published in such manner as the Children's Commissioner considers appropriate.

    (5)   The Children's Commissioner shall maintain a register containing details of—

(a) recommendations (together with the reasons for them) contained in reports made under section 4;

(b) action taken by the Children's Commissioner under subsections (1) and (3); and

(c) the results of any such action.

    (6)   Any register maintained under subsection (5) shall be open to inspection by any person at all reasonable times at the offices of the Children's Commissioner and the Commissioner may make arrangements for copies of the register to be available for inspection in such other place or places or by such other means as he considers appropriate.

    (7)   The Children's Commissioner shall publish those arrangements in such a way as to bring them to the attention of persons likely to be interested.

    (8)   The Children's Commissioner shall monitor two years after an entry in the register has been made the actions taken by the body in relation to the matters giving rise to the entry on the register.'.



 
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