“Recent research shows that many people underestimate the significance of harm that all too many children experience before coming into care.
“Therefore we particularly welcome that this Bill calls courts and local authorities to focus on the impact of any harm a child has previously suffered and their life-long future needs when making decisions about their care.
“Where a child has positive, nurturing relationships, it is essential that these are weighted in decisions about their future including with their prospective adopters.
“Children across the country should experience the same quality and consistency of practice and opportunity. This Bill presents a new opportunity for services and agencies supporting vulnerable children to work together and make this a reality.
“Coram believes every child has a right to the best start in life. For those whose early experiences are particularly challenging, each month in their life is vital and their need to form loving attachments paramount.”
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