Children in the Care System: Sibling Contact

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:28 pm on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 7:28 pm, 4th March 2020

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This was why the Children and Families Act 2014 emphasised that contact should not directly undermine the welfare and safeguarding of children in care. Schedule 2 to the Act requires that local authorities promote contact between a looked-after child and any relative, friend or other person connected with the child as long as this is consistent with the child’s welfare and is reasonably practical. That includes siblings. Section 34(2) enables a court to make a contact order between a child in care and any named person. This may of course include—