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Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 1 - Considerations applying to the exercise of powers (27 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I want to take the hon. Gentleman back to the beginning of his speech, when he said that this subject was debated in April by the Select Committee on the previous Bill. My hon. Friend the Member for Stockport (Ms Coffey), who used to be a social worker dealing with adoption, said most on the subject. She described trying to place children in her early days and the nonsense of having to look...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 1 - Considerations applying to the exercise of powers (27 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but I believe that subsection (4)(d) covers those points.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 1 - Considerations applying to the exercise of powers (27 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: On that point, in each subsection the word ``must'' is used. The organisation making the decision ``must have regard to'' the list, but the child's welfare is of paramount consideration: it outweighs all the factors on the list. In coming to its conclusions it must give consideration to those factors, but what ultimately drives the process is the child's welfare.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 1 - Considerations applying to the exercise of powers (27 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: In a case involving a child who has a severe disability, consulting the child might be difficult—depending on the degree of the disability. Making the provision hard and fast does not take into account such a scenario.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I am sorry that I have come in at the end of this discussion—I got back late from voting. I should like to ask Caroline Abrahams what Judge Allweis is doing that makes him so effective? Is he merely following the guidelines, employing a huge slab of common sense and ensuring that that practice is followed throughout his district, or does more need to be done? If practice, based on what is...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: Judge Allweis must be operating within the framework of the law, and he is delivering best practice, so what could change in the legal framework to help people elsewhere to reach his standard? Caroline Abrahams: I suppose one of the things you could do is to look at what has happened in other jurisdictions, such as New Zealand or Northern Ireland, where they have actually changed the law...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: But there is certainly scope in the interim for spreading the good practice of Judge Allweis across the land? Caroline Abrahams: Yes, I think that that is undoubtedly the case.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: To a degree, Sue Gourvish has just answered my question. I was going to ask whether there are good models of post-adoption support currently in practice, but certain local authorities in certain areas must be better than others. You must have drawn some conclusions about what works. Would like to share them with us? Sue Gourvish: There are. I suppose that I started off speaking about foster...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: In the field of adoption, as opposed to fostering, are there good working models that are practised well at the moment? Can you say that one area is definitely ahead of another in the way in which it structures support and works? Does anyone have a take on that? Robert Tapsfield (Chief Executive, Family Rights Group): We have not talked about the support services for birth parents. There are...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I was speaking about children and adopters. I am sure that we will discuss birth parents, but my question related to adopters and adopted children. Pauline Dancyger: Yes, is the answer, but they are extremely variable and that is the difficulty that we struggle with. What is not recognised is that it is a lifelong commitment on the part of the family and, indeed, of the child. Although there...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: But we can learn a great deal from those good models. Pauline Dancyger: That is where we can begin to learn, yes. Fundamentally, there is some good practice around.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: On communicating and sharing information between different local authorities, do you believe, Ms Charlton, that it is important that a lead authority takes responsibility so that a child does not easily fall between two stools?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: So would you like a named lead authority and a named person within it specifically identified and clarified? Is that what you are saying?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I just wanted to tease that out. You are saying that the Bill should go further, but I wondered what model you thought would be successful in tackling the problem.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: So one of the authorities should be named as the lead authority and a person or persons within that authority should also be named.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: The Minister asked the exact question that I was going to ask. I became involved with the Bill on Second Reading because of the experience of a couple in my constituency who came up against inaccurate and very thin information, which led to a dreadful experience. They felt themselves to be a failure for asking for the information. There are implications in terms of good and up-to-date...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: You mentioned that, currently, the role of voluntary organisations is often to broker the resources that are available from local authorities, and that the situation becomes more difficult if a child is on the books of one local authority but placed with another. However, you must also be aware, in your line of work, that some local authorities have better practice than others. I am...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: Will the Bill's framework and the taskforce be helpful in achieving a more integrated approach across all authorities?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Further information (20 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I was going to ask a question, but the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham has just asked it.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: New provisions on the disclosure of information (20 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: We have had several conversations about that issue and I do not propose to go back over old ground because it is on record. On record last time, Mr. Paton, you said that an expert group was developing a code of practice around the issue of disclosure of information during the prospective adoption period. How has that developed?


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