The Children and Families Bill takes forward the government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background.
The bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. It will encourage growth in the childcare sector, introduce a new system of shared parental leave and ensure children in England have a strong advocate for their rights.
This guide is a summary of what young people need to know is in the bill. It is not the law or the bill itself. It explains what will change for children and families if the bill gets agreed.
The bill’s main ideas
What the new law would change about adoption
What the new law would change for looked after children at school
What the new law would change about family courts
What the new law would change for children and young people with special educational needs
What the new law would change about helping parents by caring for children outside school
How the new law would change the Children’s Commissioner
What the new law would change for parents when they have a new child
How the new law would help people fit their work times around other things in their lives