Domestic Abuse Bill — Clause 55 — Support Provided by Local Authorities to Victims of Domestic Abuse — Child Contact Centre Accreditation — 15 Apr 2021 at 15:45
The majority of MPs voted not to require facilities and organisations enabling children to meet the parents they don't live with to be accredited in accordance with national standards in relation to safeguarding and preventing domestic abuse.
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 9
Lords amendment 9 stated:
- Page 35, line 19, at end insert—
- “( ) ensure all child contact centres and organisations that offer child contact services are accredited in accordance with national standards in relation to safeguarding and preventing domestic abuse as specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State.”
The rejected amendment would have impacted clause 55 of the Bill titled Support provided by local authorities to victims of domestic abuse and would have added an additional duty for relevant local councils.
The explanatory notes to the Lords amendments stated :
- "Lords Amendment 9 would provide that each local authority in England must ensure that all child contact centres and organisations that offer child contact services are accredited in accordance with national standards in relation to safeguarding and preventing domestic abuse. The standards would be set by regulations made by the Secretary of State."
Child contact centres are not defined in the Bill or amendment however the term is used to describe facilities for children to meet the parents they don't live with.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Domestic Abuse Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Domestic Abuse Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020, Parliament.uk
-  Lords amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Clause 55 of the version of the Domestic Abuse Bill to which the amendment relates, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill as brought from the House of Commons on 7 July 2020, notes dated 25 March 2021, Parliament.uk
-  National Association of Child Contact Centres
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||350 (+2 tell)||2||0||97.3%|
|Lab||0||194 (+2 tell)||0||98.5%|
|Robert Halfon||Harlow||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jason McCartney||Colne Valley||Con||no|