A number of proposed bills that will have a direct impact on social care were revealed by the Queen during the state opening of parliament on 27 May.
The Queen’s Speech outlined plans not only to expand the Troubled Families programme, but to legislate on a closer alignment of health and social care, including improving access to mental health services.
The Queen also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to setting up regional adoption agencies. These agencies intend to work across local authority boundaries to speed up the matching of children to adoptive parents.
In more controversial terms, the Queen also announced the government’s intention to push ahead with consultation on sentencing those professionals, including social workers, who ‘wilfully neglect’ children under their supervision.