Member in charge: Brian Gibbons AM - Minister for Social Justice and Local Government
Date of introduction: 2 March 2009
Date of Royal Approval: 10 February 2010
This Measure includes numerous statutory provisions which seek to take forward the Welsh Government’s commitment in terms of child poverty. In particular the Measure makes the following provisions which aims to provide greater support to families where children may be at risk:
- The placing of duties on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a strategy for contributing to the eradication of child poverty in Wales;
- The introduction of a statutory requirement for local authorities to establish integrated family support teams (“IFSTs”) to strengthen support to vulnerable children and families through reconfiguring services towards more targeted support delivered by multidisciplinary professional teams to improve outcomes for children and adults so that they can live safely together as a family unit; and
- The placing of duties on local authorities to reflect the Welsh Government’s commitment to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, in particular to Article 31.1 and 31.2 relating to play.
On 3 March 2009, the Business Committee agreed, in accordance with Standing Orders, to refer the Measure to Legislation Committee No 2, to consider and report on the general principles of the proposed Measure.
Stage 1 consideration by the Legislation Committee No. 2
Stage 1 report on the proposed Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 - 19 June 2009
Stage 2 Consideration by the Legislation Committee No.2
Stage 3 & Stage 4 Consideration was in Plenary on 10 November 2009