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”.
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