The Children and Families Bill was drawn up to answer the Government’s Family Justice Review of 2011-12. Now passed into statute as the Children and Families Act 2014, how has it addressed the issues raised?
The Family Justice Review recommended substantial changes to speed up care proceedings, to help family justice operate better as a system, and to help divorcing or separating couples avoid the need to undertake court proceedings. The first draft of Bill to answer these recommendations was brought before Parliament on the 4th February last year. It received Royal Assent on 13th March 2014, and comes into force today, 22nd April 2014, as the the Children and Families Act.
The full act can be read here.
What does the Children and Families Act 2014 Cover?
The Act addresses aspects of both Private Family Law – addressing disputes between family members – and Public Family Law – dealing with intervention by public authorities.
The Act reforms legislation relating to the following areas:
- adoption and children in care
- aspects of the family justice system
- children and young people with special educational needs
- welfare of children
- the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England
- statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters
- time off work for ante-natal care
- the right to request flexible working
As a firm of care proceedings solicitors, some aspects of the act are more relevant to us and our clients than others. We have explored these key areas in a series of individual articles to help you understand the ramifications of this new piece of legislature.
- adoption reform
- family justice
Brendan Fleming Solicitors are nationally recognized as a leading choice in the area of care work. We are justifiably proud of our expertise and our success rate. We are contracted to the Legal Services Commission for this type of work and are considered to be one of the leading national firms for publicly funded services.
Our principal, Brendan Fleming, has won a reputation for his innovative approach, spearheading many new ways of securing justice for families caught in the care proceedings trap. He is a member of a select children’s panel and recognized and approved by the Law Society.
If you are fighting a care case and are concerned that the new Children and Family Act will put you at a disadvantage, see how we can help you: contact Brendan Fleming Solicitors today.