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,…

Help improve human rights education

Ten years ago, the Council of Europe launched Compasito, the manual on human rights education for children.

Now it is being updated and an online survey gives everyone the chance to propose changes and improvements.

The survey is flexible - you can share a few minutes' feedback or offer detailed advice. The deadline is 30…

Campaign success - Children and Social Work Act 2017

Royal Assent was granted to the Children and Social Work Bill late yesterday, which means it is now an Act of Parliament.

Our major campaign to protect the rights of vulnerable children and young people succeeded!

The whole of Chapter 3, comprising…

Inquest into death of 16 year-old Daniel Adewole starts today

The inquest into the death of Daniel Adewole starts today in Maidstone, Kent.

Daniel, aged 16, died in Cookham Wood child prison on 4 July 2015. He was the 34th child to die in prison custody since 1990, the year the UK signed the UN Convention on the Rights…