‘Progress on Children’s Law should be aired in public’

A DEPUTY pushing to see the recommendations of a review into the Children’s Law implemented wants Scrutiny Management to hold public hearings to establish the progress being made.

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Professor Kathleen Marshall

Lester Queripel said he would be meeting the committee later this month.

He asked all key States committees questions regarding their progress on the recommendations put forward by Professor Kathleen Marshall, who carried out a review in 2015.

While he was ‘reasonably satisfied’ that each committee was currently doing their utmost to progress the recommendations, there were some areas he wanted to further research.

‘For example, seeing as Professor Marshall undertook the review on behalf of the previous Scrutiny Committee, I need to establish how much more input the current Scrutiny Committee feel is needed on their behalf,’ said Deputy Queripel.

‘To that end, I will be meeting with the committee on 24 January to ask that very question.

‘It is my belief that seeing as though the original review was instigated by the Scrutiny Committee, then they should be calling committee presidents and representatives of departments in to answer questions at public hearings on an annual basis.

‘If they have no intention of doing that, then I think the departments themselves will need to update the public, on an annual basis, on progress made pursuing the recommendations the previous year.’

He said from the responses to his questions, the committees seemed to have every intention of doing that.

Comments for: "‘Progress on Children’s Law should be aired in public’ "

Don Tramp

How about a decent education with no more than 20 in a class ?

Q

One of the key items of Childrens' Law which I believe needs urgent addressing/overhaul is the concept of shared parenting. From what I hear through friends etc, there are many single parents with whom the child/children reside who are purposely withholding access from the absent parent. This is often due to grievances between the parents, resulting in a situation which is clearly not in the best interest of the child.

The crazy thing is that, at the moment, there seems to be little in the way of practical recourse for that absent parent. Yes, the absent parent (usually the father) can spend several thousand pounds on getting an access agreement through the court system (sometimes repeatedly to try enforcing the agreement), and yet the resident parent (usually the mother) appears to be unaccountable if the access contract is not adhered to. This is regardless of maintenance paid (as this element is always treated as a legally separate issue).

Access to both parents should be a basic human right of any child, and it seems crazy that this is not more rigorously enforced or indeed adequately protected by the court system.