The Children and Social Work Bill, now The Children and Social Work Act 2017 was given Royal Assent on 27th April.

The legislation raised some very serious concerns about its impact on child rights and the provision of family services within child protection generally, not least of all in relation to the now infamous opt out clause which would have allowed local authorities to do away with fundamental rights for families and children. (This element of the Bill was aggressively opposed by child welfare charities and campaigners, peers in the House of Lords and social work professionals, resulting in its removal from the Bill).

You can catch the text of the Bill here and more information about its journey and the discussions about it in Parliament.