Thursday, 2 February 2012

A victory for common sense and children

The Children Act 1989 is to be amended to give children the legal right to a relationship with both parents following separation. A working group including Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Jonathan Djanogly, Justice Minister, and Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families are to come up with proposals within 2 months concerning how the law should be changed.
The Office for National Statistics estimates that 3.8million children in the UK live without a father.

We have argued for some time that depriving a child of one parent places them at risk of emotional, developmental and psychological harm. Our reports into leave to remove and shared care gave examples of the many expert studies which have supported our views. You can read some of that research here.

Our respects to Tim Loughton MP, who has consistently spoken out over many years in support of protecting children's relationships and safeguarding child welfare. Our thanks too to the coalition Government on making good their promises.

We have a Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister who start cabinet meetings later in the mornings to enable them to take their children to school. Society has changed, and perhaps now, our family law will reflect parenting in the new millenium.

Please read our own Proposed Amendments to the Children Act 1989