Prison officer not guilty of misconduct in child prison

A prison officer charged with misconduct in public office was found not guilty last week. The jury took just 20 minutes to acquit him.

The case raises questions about G4S child prison in Medway, Kent, possibly continuing to flout the law on the use of physical restraint with vulnerable children.

Prison officer Alexander Williams was alleged to have thrown a 15-year-old boy…

G4S back under the spotlight

Last night (4 September), BBC Panorama broadcast disturbing footage of adults being subjected to physical, emotional and psychological abuse in Brook House immigration removal centre at Gatwick Airport, London.

Nine G4S officers have been suspended.

G4S continues to run the centre.

The abuse scandal follows a similar exposé of serious mistreatment…

Restraint related to disability must be eradicated, says UN body

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has issued its concluding observations following its first review of the UK.

The 17-page report documents major breaches in the UK's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which we ratified in June 2009. The international treaty sets out the rights of disabled children and adults,…

Crowdfunder success!

Article 39 is delighted that our crowdfunder to legally challenge painful and unjustified restraint of children escorted to/from secure children's homes has been successful.

We raised over £10,000 days before our deadline!

Had our initial target of £8,000 not been reached by the morning of 27 July, we would…

Solitary confinement of child ruled unlawful

The Howard League for Penal Reform has won a very important legal case, which should protect child prisoners from prolonged solitary confinement without regular reviews and education. The charity intends to appeal the judge's decision that the child's isolation for more than 100 days did not amount to inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. 

Carolyne Willow, Director of Article…

We are fundraising to legally challenge unjustified restraint

Today Article 39 children’s rights charity launches a CrowdJustice appeal to try and raise enough funds to legally challenge painful and unjustified restraint on vulnerable children escorted to and from secure children’s homes.
Escort custody officers working for the private firm GeoAmey have been trained and authorised to deliberately inflict pain on children during escorts to and from…

Children still unsafe in Medway secure training centre

An inspection report published today reveals that children remain unsafe in Medway secure training centre, 17 months after BBC Panorama broadcast harrowing footage of serious physical and emotional abuse.

Inspectors visited Medway…

Making UN children's rights treaty part of UK law

Article 39's Director has written about the general election and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Two of the three main political parties have pledged to make the UN children's rights treaty part of our domestic law; and the third has declared an open mind.

The Convention grants rights to all children and contains additional protection for those who have been abused,…