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Report on the Children's Services Co-operation Bill

Creator:

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister

Subject Keywords: Children's Services, Child Health
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

This Report sets out the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister’s consideration of the Children’s Services Co-operation Bill, a Private Members’ Bill sponsored by Mr Steven Agnew MLA.

The Bill has 6 clauses and its principle purpose is to introduce a statutory duty to co-operate, which would require Northern Ireland departments to work together and bodies currently represented on the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership to work together towards the achievement of six specified high level outcomes relating to the well-being of children and young people. The Bill also seeks to establish reporting mechanisms and provides an enabling power to allow departments to share resources and pool funds.

To inform its consideration of the Bill, the Committee issued a public call for evidence and heard directly from a range of key stakeholders. The Committee took evidence from and liaised with the Bill sponsor as necessary throughout the course of the Committee Stage. Officials from the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister also attended Committee to brief Members on amendments being considered by the Department.

The amendments under consideration within the Department were significant to the extent that a revised draft Bill was presented so the Committee, and indeed the Bill sponsor, could clearly see how the Bill would look should the amendments be accepted. The Department considers that the amendments under consideration can address concerns raised in relation to the Bill as introduced to the Assembly, while still delivering against the Bill sponsor’s key objectives. The Committee took account of OFMDFM’s revised draft Bill in its clause by clause consideration of the Bill.

Date:

27/07/2015

Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. (2015) Report on the Children's Services Co-operation Bill [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/899084 [Accessed: 25th June 2019].

  

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