The Child Maltreatment Bill, which was drafted to create provisions for the emotional and physical welfare of children (a rather opaque definition by anyone’s standards), appears to be on the verge of collapse.

The Bill was due to be moved for debate on 28th February, but this in fact did not happen. Parliament’s website tells us that there is no indication as to when this Bill might progress further.

It’s not a Bill we back; we happen to think it’s lacking and dangerously thin on detail, so you’ll perhaps forgive us for breathing a sigh of relief, for now.