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Children and Adoption Act

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what contact activities (a) courts will be able to order and (b) public funding will pay for when the Children and Adoption Act 2006 is fully operational. (95389)

Under provisions in part 1 of the Children and Adoption Act 2006 courts will be able to order programmes, classes and counselling or guidance sessions that may assist with establishing, maintaining or improving contact with a child. Other possible activities are programmes designed to address a person’s violent behaviour and information sessions about mediation. Contact activities will not extend to include medical or psychiatric examination, assessment or treatment or taking part in mediation.

The Secretary of State may, by regulations, make provision on levels of financial assistance to be paid in respect of an individual as regards an activity in which s/he is required by a contact activity direction or condition to take part. Regulations in this regard will be laid in respect of all contact activities.