Saturday, 30 May 2015
The Queen`s Speech
"The government will push ahead with a consultation on jail sentences for social workers who "wilfully neglect" children, under a bill announced in the Queen’s speech..."
"Despite fierce protest from the sector, including a petition that amassed more than 11,000 signatures, the police and criminal justice bill will pave the way for a criminal offence of wilful neglect for professionals who fail to act on child protection concerns."
"The move is likely to provoke outrage among social workers, many of whom have warned it will contribute to the already-intense blame culture within child protection and dissuade students from pursuing social work careers..."
"The government also confirmed its commitment to setting up regional adoption agencies, which will work across local authority boundaries to match children more quickly."
"The education and adoption bill will give the secretary of state the power to compel councils to give over their adoption functions to another authority or regional agency..."
"A number of other bills were set out in the speech, outlining the government’s plan for areas including welfare and taxes, devolution and tackling extremism..."
The Troubled Families project will be expanded.
Healthcare and social care will be integrated.