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

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Provision as to family assistance orders

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Maria Miller
Mr Stewart Jackson
Jeremy Wright
Mr David Evennett

NC18

*To move the following Clause:—

'In the circumstances where a family assistance order is made, the officer concerned will proceed on the presumption that the child's interests are best served through reasonable contact with both his parents unless good reason to the contrary is shown.'.


Presumption of reasonable contact

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Maria Miller
Mr Stewart Jackson
Jeremy Wright
Mr David Evennett

NC19

*To move the following Clause:—

'After section 1(1) of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) insert—

    "(1A)   In respect of subsection 1(1) above and subject to the welfare of the child, the court shall act on the presumption that the child's interest are best served through reasonable contact with both his parents in the absence of good reason to the contrary.".'.


Reasonable contact: welfare checklist

   

Tim Loughton
Mrs Maria Miller
Mr Stewart Jackson
Jeremy Wright
Mr David Evennett

NC20

*To move the following Clause:—

'After section 1(3)(g) of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) insert—

"(h) the desirability of reasonable contact between the child and the non-resident parent in the absence of good reason to the contrary.".'.


Risk assessments: screening

   

Vera Baird

NC21

*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   After section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) insert—

    "8A   Pre-court checks

    (1)   On receipt of any application under section 8 of the court shall direct that the relevant pre-court checks are undertaken to screen for indicators of risk to the child's safety and well-being.

    (2)   The court may ask an officer of the Service or a Welsh family proceedings officer to undertake any checks for the screening required by subsection (1).

    (3)   It shall be the duty of an officer of the Service or a Welsh family proceedings officer to comply with a request from the court under subsection (2).

    (4)   A court shall not make an order under section 8 until it has considered the results of the screening required by subsection (1) and is satisfied that the arrangements will be safe for the child.

    (5)   Pre-court checks to screen for indicators of risk required by subsection (1) and any subsequent risk assessments under section 16A shall be undertaken in accordance with the Code of Practice issued under section 8B.

    8B   Code of Practice

    (1)   The Secretary of State shall prepare, and from time to time revise, a Code of Practice regarding screening for indicators of risk and regarding risk assessment as required by section 16A.

    (2)   Before preparing the Code of Practice or making any alteration in it the Secretary of State shall consult such bodies as appear to him to be concerned.

    (3)   The Secretary of State shall lay copies of the Code and of any alteration in the Code before Parliament; and if either House of Parliament passes a resolution requiring the Code or any alteration to be withdrawn the Secretary of State shall withdraw the Code, and where he withdraws the Code, shall prepare a Code in substitution for the Code which was withdrawn.

    (4)   No resolution shall be passed above in respect of a Code or any alteration after the expiration of the period of 40 days beginning with the day on which a copy of the Code or alteration was laid before that House; but for the purpose of this subsection no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.

    (5)   The Secretary of State shall publish the Code as for the time being in force.".'.


 
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