Campaigners and MPs are pushing for last-minute amendments to the Children and Young Persons Bill as it reaches its final stages through parliament.
Charity Fostering Network is calling for a requirement for foster carers to register with the General Social Care Council, saying the move would improve the status of foster carers and the welfare of children.
Shadow children’s minister Tim Loughton is also pressing for the establishment of a chief social worker who would act as the public face of the profession and report to the government.
A group of 28 MPs are also to push for an amendment that would abolish corporal punishment for children.
Other amendments put forward include requirements on local authorities to improve access to records for adult care leavers and take responsibility for looked-after children entering custody.
The bill proposes reforms to looked-after children’s services including the introduction of social work practices.
The amendments were published this week as it emerged that former junior children’s minister Kevin Brennan was moved to the Cabinet Office in the government reshuffle and replaced by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin.