Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Guide explains law changes to young

The Children and Families Bill aims to help children in care do well at school
The Children and Families Bill aims to help children in care do well at school

Children and young people will be given a guide written specifically for them to explain how changes to the law could affect their lives.

The Young Person's Guide to the Children and Families Bill has been written in accessible language to allow children to get the help they need quicker.

The Bill will affect young people in a number of ways, such as allowing children to be adopted faster if it is the best thing for them.

It also aims to help children in care do well at school, make changes to family courts and offer childminders and schools more choice in how they look after children.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: "The Children and Families Bill is all about making children's lives better.

"We have asked for a young person's guide to be published as this Bill is so important to children, especially the most vulnerable in our society. We want them to be involved in decision making about them, understand our plans, and see how our changes will help to shape their futures."

The Bill, which has its second reading in Parliament, also aims to let parents decide how to share time off work after having a baby, and give them greater flexibility over working hours.

Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "These changes don't just give mums and dads more choice. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and other family members who chip in with care of children will also all have the right to work flexibly.

"Kids can see more of their loved ones, especially their dads who will get the chance to be more involved in bringing up their children. This is a win-win for young people and the people who care for them.

"I think the Young Person's Guide is absolutely brilliant. Children and young people have every right to be engaged in the democratic process, regardless of whether they are old enough to vote."

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