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Care Proceedings

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has received representations about the delay in the determination of care proceedings as a result of delays in adult courts; what representations he has received if any; and if he will make a statement.

The legal group working party of the Association of British Adoption and Fostering Agencies has recommended in its recent publication "Care Proceedings" that guidance should be given to courts and social services departments on the circumstances in which care proceedings should continue to be heard without awaiting the outcome of proceedings against a parent in the adult court. We are considering this recommendation in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department.