Supporting vulnerable parents

14th March 2017

During a House of Commons debate on the Children and Social Work Bill last week, local MP David Burrowes was pleased to receive assurance that his call for statutory guidance on local authorities to provide counselling and therapeutic support to vulnerable parents whose own children are permanently removed, was accepted by the Government.

Mr Burrowes said: “We need to reduce the number of children in care and supporting vulnerable parents is one way of doing this. Those who have lost a child and are at risk and need therapeutic care support, can you ensure that they get it?”

The Minister, Edward Timpson MP said: “We want to ensure that every care leaver, whatever their circumstances, gets the support that they need. That particular group is often very vulnerable, and we must respond to that in the best possible way.

“I will ensure that the statutory guidance is strengthened to make clear the importance of providing appropriate support in the specific circumstances when a looked-after child or care leaver has a child of their own taken into care.

Mr Burrowes added, “There is a duty of care in this Bill not only to children but to vulnerable adults, and I appreciate that that will now come within statutory guidance”.

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield ( donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP


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