Parents breaching contact orders could be forced to work in children’s homes

    Parents who break contact orders could be forced to carry out
    unpaid work in children’s homes, according to Margaret Hodge
    today, writes Simeon Brody.

     
    Margaret Hodge

    The children’s minister told the joint select committee on
    the Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill that the measure could
    teach parents what life for children was like without contact with
    their parents.

    She also raised the possibility of Cafcass being given the role
    of monitoring curfew orders handed down to parents who breach
    contact orders.

    But she told the committee she was not in favour of tagging
    parents who breach orders. Instead, curfews would facilitate
    contact between children and their parents rather than act as a
    punishment.

    The committee is likely to meet later this month.

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