Children & Social Work Bill [Lords]

Written evidence submitted by Anonymous (CSWB 12)

MOTIVATION WITH EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT TO THE CHILDREN & SOCIAL WORK BILL

SUMMARY
1 - Precedents & policy guiding motivation noting cost benefit analysis of prevention
2 - Two existing support Projects in UK - Red Cross refugee mothers & Armed Forces wives
3 - Copy of UNESCO / Eurochild evidence based report on family support

1 - PRECEDENTS & POLICY GUIDING MOTIVATION NOTING COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF PREVENTION
1.1
The motivation to amend is in line with the Council of Europe’s Recommendation 2006 (19) on policy to support positive parenting recommending that governments take all appropriate legislative, administrative, financial and other measures to create the necessary conditions for positive parenting in the best interests of the child. It urges the Member States to implement measures to support parents. The Recommendation approach aims at enabling parents to bring up their children according to the UN convention.
1.2
and in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - provision of support for families of children who may be at risk or in danger of becoming at risk including day nurseries aimed at reducing the numbers of children entering the care system as well as facilitating the exit of children from the care system.
1.3
and in recognition of the fact that a family is a child's greatest asset, supported by NHS statistics of psychological distress and long term use of medication in children in alternative care & other statistics viz percentage of victims of trafficking previously in alternative care (75%), percentage in youth custody who were previously in the care system (50%), care leavers are between four and five times more likely to self-harm in adulthood & are also at five-fold increased risk of all childhood mental, emotional and behavioural problems, and six to seven times more likely to have conduct disorders, girls from the care system are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant than other teenagers. (source - Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012, Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays).
1.4
and acknowledging that a child’s needs and child development within his own family are intrinsically part of the remit of the system in addition to the current focus on child safety.
1.5
Noting also there is another related bill awaiting second reading in the House of Lords, the Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill to make provision for accreditation of child contact centres ("child contact" means contact with any person with whom a child does not live).

2 - TWO EXISTING PROJECTS IN UK - RED CROSS REFUGEE MOTHERS & ARMED FORCES WIVES
2.1
https://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-major-donation/Trust-donations/Lottery-projects/Mums-Project-Glasgow
(British Red Cross project supporting vulnerable female refugees and asylum seekers before and after their pregnancies to ensure they get the support they need.)
2.2
https://view.vzaar.com/6521497/video
(This video introduces a group of army wives who successfully motivated for provision of a nursery in collaboration with local council and armed forces)
https://gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/330339/PUBLIC_1405331876.pdf
(Number of UK regular armed forces personnel by number of children - approx 80 000)
https://gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/556331/SFR41_2016_Text.pdf
(Number of children looked after in England (including adoption) year ended 31 March 2016 - approx 70 000)

3 - COPY OF UNESCO / EUROCHILD EVIDENCE BASED REPORT ON FAMILY SUPPORT
Evidence based Report on round table debate on ‘Family and parenting support in challenging times’ organised by Eurochild and UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre focused on promoting a wider understanding at EU level of what family and parenting support is.
http://eurochild.org/fileadmin/public/05_Library/Thematic_priorities/03_Family_Parenting_Support/Eurochild/Eurochild_FPS_round_table_7_May_2013_Report.pdf

Thank you for your consideration.

December 2016

 

Prepared 15th December 2016