House of Commons Briefing Paper: Child Mental Health Services

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The government has published a briefing paper ahead of a debate on children and mental health services being held tomorrow.

The discussion, which has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and is being opened by Andrea Leadsom MP, the former Leader of the House of Commons, will look at the government’s efforts to ensure children’s mental health needs are being met.

The briefing paper, entitled, “Children and young people’s mental health – policy, CAMHS services, funding and education”, offers a good summary of developments around children and mental health services from 2010 to the present day.

You can watch the debate on Parliament TV.

The briefing paper can be found here.

The Backbench Business Committee can be followed on Twitter @CommonsBBCom

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Politicians Call For State Inquiry Into Forced and Illegal Adoptions

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Several high profile MPs in Ireland have called on the Irish government to launch an inquiry into forced adoption practices and illegal adoptions in the country.

A motion submitted by Clare Daly to the Lower House of the Irish Parliament was supported by Mick Wallace, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Maureen O’Sullivan, Thomas Pringle and Thomas Broughan, reports the Irish Examiner.

Daly also told Parliament that a separate inquiry into adoption practices was essential.

Children’s minister Katherine Zappone carried out a scoping exercise in January on illegal births after illegal registrations were exposed at an adoption agency in Ireland. The scale of the problem is believed to be much larger than previously thought.

The review’s report has not yet been published. Daly remarked during the session in Parliament that “the review itself is limited to looking for evidence of illegal registrations and not illegal adoptions. The issues around this…

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Family Court Judges Could Be making Serious Mistakes In Their Judgments

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Family court judges can’t produce judgments immediately after each hearing as they move from case to case with no time in between each sitting to write up their rulings, a court of appeal judge said.

The revelation raises serious questions about the accuracy of judgments in the family courts, where judges find themselves writing up rulings long after hearings have concluded.

The possibility that judges may also be mixing up facts from the several cases they oversee before writing their judgments raises further concerns.

There is currently no information available on the time periods that elapse between the end of a hearing and when a family judge writes up a ruling for that hearing.

Lady Justice King sitting in the Court of Appeal told the parties at the hearing that family courts were overwhelmed with care applications from social services chiefs and that the volume of applications was placing huge…

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