Professional group joins Labour in warning that claimants for children born of non-consensual sex may be criminalised

Social workers have warned that they could face criminal prosecution as a result of the government’s decision to extend the two-child limit on benefits, which carries a controversial “rape clause”, to Northern Ireland.

The policy, which only allows a mother to receive key benefits for a third or subsequent child if their conception involved non-consensual sex, has led to huge controversy across the UK.

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