In today’s Queen’s Speech to Parliament, Her Majesty announced details of the upcoming Children and Families Bill, set to oversee a major overhaul of family support services across Wales and England.
The Bill includes plans to increase the speed of the adoption process, reducing the time children spend in care to an absolute maximum of six months. The longer children spend in care, the longer they miss out on the stability of a permanent, loving family life. Witholding the care and support children need puts them at a higher risk of developmental problems, something that could be damaging to society in the long-run.
The Queen’s Speech also addressed the issue of broken families, suggesting more legal rights for fathers. The Queen said: “Ministers intend to strengthen the law to ensure children have a relationship with both their parents after family separation, where that is safe, and in the child’s best interests.”
Although these plans have been welcomed by campaigners Fathers for Justice, some lawyers believe that shifting the legislation could do more harm than good.
Support services for young people with special educational needs are also due to be improved. Support currently only extend to children under the age of 16. However, with the new Bill in place, this age could be extended to 25.
These measures are all part of a longer-term attempt to boost the quality of life in Britain. With rapidly growing populations, further economic crises and increasing divorce rates, the need for social cohesion is greater now than ever before – and what better place to start social rejuvination than with your own family?
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