Clause 126 - Rules of procedure

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 17 January 2002.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat, Romsey 3:00, 17 January 2002

I am sure that hon. Members were delighted.

The Bill could be amended to require that placement proceedings were closely linked to care proceedings and that adoption proceedings were specified proceedings under section 41 of the Children Act 1989. In specified proceedings, the courts appoint a CAFCASS officer for the child, unless they are satisfied that that it is not necessary to safeguard the child's interests. Such a provision would ensure that the child's wishes and feelings were reported to the court independently, rather than by the adoption agency, the birth family or the applicants. That would ensure proper investigation and a clear presentation of the child's views and welfare.