Clause 59 - Assessment of a child’s needs for care and support

Care Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:00 pm ar 23 Ionawr 2014.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Liz Kendall Liz Kendall Shadow Minister (Health) (Care and Older People)

I want to make a small point about the clause on the important issue of transition from childhood to adult life. We could have a big debate about how difficult the issue is and how many families feel let down. I know that the Bill seeks to improve that transition so that people get continuity of support. Also, there have been changes in the Children and Families Bill, which also looks at the issue.

I want to raise just one issue. Under the Care Bill, a child’s care needs will be assessed up to the age of 18. Under the Children and Families Bill, I understand that there will be new education, health and care plans,  which will be carried out for people up to the age of 25. I am worried about that disparity in the age, because someone might end up getting two separate assessments. I know the Care Bill says that the assessments could be joined up, but I am not clear, if one is up to 18 and the other is up to 25, how that will work.

We want families to get just one assessment. They do not want to go through the process twice. I am concerned about that disparity, and I would like to know what the Government are going to do about it.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

It is probably best if I deal just with that specific issue rather than detain the Committee long.

I am completely with the shadow Minister; it would be crazy if different assessments overlapped with each other. There needs to be one joined-up process. The two Departments have tried as much as possible, and I think largely successfully, to collaborate closely with each other to ensure that the measures in the Children and Families Bill match those in the Care Bill. I will look at the hon. Lady’s specific point and write to her about it, and copy in other hon. Members.

I think we are completely agreed on what we are seeking to achieve. I am happy to write to the hon. Lady to confirm the position.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 59accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.