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House of Commons Debate on Social Care Cancelled

House of Commons Debate on Social Care Cancelled
by Natasha
An Opposition debate on children’s social care set to take place tomorrow has been cancelled, and has been replaced by a discussion about the provision of free school meals for children during the holidays.

No more information about the new debate has been given. The House of Commons library update also does not mention whether the social care debate will be rescheduled.

While a debate on the funding of free school meals for children is important, it is concerning that the original debate on social care has been set aside with no word on whether it will be rearranged.

This is not the first time a Parliamentary discussion on children’s social care has been set aside.

A discussion about children’s social care promised by the Backbench Business Committee in October 2018 was abruptly cancelled after Researching Reform shared details about the event on its site.

Thousands of families in the UK took to social media to say they would make the journey down to attend the debate peacefully, and with the hope of being able to give feedback on the meeting.

Many parents had paid for train tickets and bus fares which had represented a large chunk of their monthly income, or agreed to take the day off work at personal expense to make the trip.

Researching Reform reached out to the sponsor for the debate, Tim Loughton MP, a month after the debate was set aside to ask what day the debate would now be held, but he did not respond. The MP had previously confirmed the meeting had been postponed rather than cancelled.

The debate was then held in secret, two months later.

We very much hope the Opposition will push to reinstate their debate on children’s social care and ensure that it goes ahead, in public.

Researching Reform

An Opposition debate on children’s social care set to take place tomorrow has been cancelled, and has been replaced by a discussion about the provision of free school meals for children during the holidays.

No more information about the new debate has been given. The House of Commons library update also does not mention whether the social care debate will be rescheduled.

While a debate on the funding of free school meals for children is important, it is concerning that the original debate on social care has been set aside with no word on whether it will be rearranged.

This is not the first time a Parliamentary discussion on children’s social care has been set aside.

A discussion about children’s social care promised by the Backbench Business Committee in October 2018 was abruptly cancelled after Researching Reform shared details about the event on its site.

Thousands of families in the…

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Illegal Adoptions – Voice of the Child Podcast

It really would be interesting and of public interest if we could learn of more similar cases like this one. There cannot possibly be correct data held in relation to statistics how many more there are after listening to the podcast Xxxx

Researching Reform

When a British mother loses her child to adoption, she decides to try to access her son’s birth certificate, after being told by a friend that adoptions are not always properly registered.

In this podcast, Shelby* talks to the Voice of the Child about the extraordinary discovery she makes when she finally manages to access her son’s birth and adoption certificates.

Shelby*, who now campaigns to change the law on adoption registrations, explains the story behind her case, how the adoption process affected her son, and why she would like to see a mandatory duty in law which ensures all birth parents receive a copy of their child’s adoption certificate.

You can listen to the podcast here. 

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Further Reading

First illegal adoption case launched in High Court (31 January, 2020)

There may be 15,000 illegal adoptions, Barnardos head claims

Freedom of Information Request on Errors in Adoptions

The Adoption Certificate…

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Voice of the Child Podcast with Legal Action for Women

Researching Reform

In our third podcast, the Voice of the Child speaks with Legal Action for Women’s Anne Neale and Tracey Norton, on emerging themes and patterns they are seeing in child welfare cases.

Assisting women who have experienced domestic violence, and lost their children to forced adoption, Anne and Tracey come across dangerous levels of malpractice in the divorce and child protection proceedings they assist on.

LAW says the trauma suffered by the children and mothers in these cases is never taken into account by judges or child welfare professionals.

In this interview, we discuss the phenomenon of children and mothers being unjustly separated in family law proceedings, and the growing movement around post adoption contact applications being made by birth families.

Many thanks to Anne and Tracey for coming on to the programme.

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You can listen to the podcast here. 

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Further Reading

Do No Harm – a grandmother against…

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