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38Clause 7, page 12, line 20, at end insert
'(4) A court shall not make an order under section 8 until it has considered the results of the risk assessment required by subsection (1) and is satisfied that the arrangements will be safe for the child.'.
53Clause 7, page 12, line 20, at end add
'(4) All risk assessments undertaken pursuant to subsection (2) shall proceed on the presumption that the child's interests are best served through reasonable contact with both his parents unless a good reason to the contrary is shown.
(5) When deciding whether there is reason to suspect that a child is at risk of harm, an Officer of the Service or a Welsh proceedings officer may only make a risk assessment where he has reasonable grounds to suspect that there is a significant risk of significant harm.
(6) An officer of the service or a Welsh proceedings office may only make a risk assessment where he has reasonable grounds to suspect that the significant risk involves a risk
(8) In any risk assessment based upon the likelihood of recurrence of previous events or previous risks it shall be a requirement that no reliance is placed upon previous events or previous risks in the absence of a finding of fact that those events or risks actually occurred.'.
9Clause 17, page 17, line 36, leave out 'Children and' and insert 'Child Contact and Intercountry'.
28Clause 17, page 18, line 22, leave out subsection (9).
NEW CLAUSESExtended family: welfare checklist
NC1To move the following Clause:
Parenting time plans
NC2To move the following Clause:
'(1) The Secretary of State must issue guidance for separating parents called parenting time plans ("the guidance").
(2) The guidance must outline the kind of contact orders the court is likely to impose in a range of circumstances should parents be unable to reach agreement regarding contact with their child.
(3) Before publishing guidance under subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall consult and seek approval from
(5) The Secretary of State may, from time to time, revise the guidance.
(6) A revised version of the guidance shall not come into force until the Secretary of State lays it before Parliament.
(7) Where either House, before the end of the period of 40 days beginning with the day on which a revised version of the guidance is laid before it, by resolution disapproves that version
Pilot scheme on early intervention
NC3To move the following Clause:
'(1) The Lord Chancellor shall run a pilot scheme better to protect the post-divorce and post-separation family ties of children by providing for intervention before the court makes a contact order with respect to the child.
(2) The order shall designate courts to participate within the scheme.
(3) When a designated court is approached to make a contact order, the court must provide to the parties
(5) The court shall take into account the willingness of each parent to participate in the scheme.
(6) The pilot scheme must start no later than six months after this Act receives Royal Assent and must run for no longer than two years.
(7) The Lord Chancellor must direct the President of the Family Division to report to him as to the operation of the pilot scheme.
(8) The report under subsection (6) must include an assessment of the extent to which the pilot scheme has achieved the objectives set out in this section.'.
Registration of private foster parents
NC4To move the following Clause:
(1) Every local authority shall keep a register of persons who act as private foster parents within their area.
(2) A local authority shall not register any person as a private foster parent unless it is satisfied that he is fit to act as a private foster parent.
(3) The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision as to the considerations to which a local authority is to have regard in reaching a decision as to whether to register a person as a private foster parent.
(4) A local authority shall cancel the registration of any person under subsection (1) if
(6) A person who contravenes subsection (5) shall be guilty of an offence.
(7) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (6) shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.
(8) A person aggrieved by the refusal of a local authority to register him as a private foster parent may appeal to the court in accordance with paragraph 8 of Schedule 8 to this Act.
(9) In dealing with private foster arrangements a local authority must have regard to the arrangements for safeguarding children."'.
Sanctions against false allegations of violence or significant harm
NC5To move the following Clause:
(1) The Secretary of State may make regulations to require the court to act in accordance with subsection (2).
(2) Where during the course of contact proceedings