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Children and Social Work Bill 2016: How does it address the demands of England’s Children: A manifesto?

This is Children England’s first analysis of the Children and Social Work Bill 2016 in advance of its second reading. We welcome responses from our members and anyone else working with children and families – your thoughts on the points below and any other concerns or priorities about the Bill.

This analysis covers the provisions of the Children and Social Work Bill 2016 as they relate to the demands of England’s Children: a manifesto, developed by Children England members in advance of the 2015 General Election. The manifesto remains a collective statement of priorities from the children and families’ voluntary sector and therefore a mandate for Children England to act where changes to children’s welfare are proposed. Below we note how specific provisions of the Bill will advance or hinder the progress demanded by the manifesto, and also what is not within the scope of the Bill that we would have wished to see in accordance with the spirit, as well as the letter, of the manifesto.