Legal aid for parents who are care leavers: children in voluntary accommodation and to be placed in a foster for adoption placement

Part of Children and Social Work Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:00 pm ar 12 Ionawr 2017.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 25—Legal aid for parents who are care leavers: children subject to a placement order application—

‘After regulation 5(1)(d) of the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) Regulations 2013, insert—

“(da) legal representation in proceedings for a placement order under Chapter 3 of Part 1 of the 2002 Act where the individual to whom legal representation may be provided is—

(i) the parent of a child or a person with parental responsibility for the child within the meaning of the Children Act 1989,

(ii) is themselves a looked after child or care leaver, and

(iii) would not otherwise be entitled to legal representation under paragraphs (c) or (d) of this regulation.”’

This new clause would ensure access to free, independent legal advice and representation for parents, who are themselves a looked after child or care leaver, and whose children are subject to a placement order application (permission to place a child for adoption).