Adoption and Children (Northern Ireland) Bill

Consultation opened on 16 January 2017. Closing date 28 April 2017.


The Department is seeking views on a draft Adoption and Children Bill. The intention behind the Bill is to overhaul and modernise the legal framework for adoption that will preserve what works well in our current system but will introduce a range of new measures to give effect to the Department’s policy and strategy.

The closing date for consultation has been extended from 10 April to 28 April 2017.


Consultation description

The aim of this consultation is to seek views on the detail of the Bill. The paper also highlights legislative reform relating to adoption and children which has taken place in Scotland, England and Wales over the last decade and seeks views on whether those reforms should be implemented in the north of Ireland.

There are a number of ways to respond to this consultation, should you wish to do so. We would strongly encourage respondents to use the online consultation questionnaire which can be accessed via the below link:

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