The Children & Social Work Bill reignites debate over the best interests of a child, writes Paul Hunt

Having been debated by the House of Lords in July, the Children & Social Work Bill is currently at the report stage of its passage through parliament.

The Bill is intended to promote the government’s expressed intention of ensuring that local authorities deliver their children’s services in such a way as to best promote and protect the interests of those who are in their care.

The government’s abolished overview sets out a list of good intentions and many would appear to be uncontroversial. In fact, one might think that they reflect what local authorities should be a...

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