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Education Secretary urged to act decisively on care standards

Charities running the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign have today written to the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, urging him to accept the care review’s recommendation that every child in care receives care where they live, and accelerate its implementation so that the whole care sector is clear about what is required to meet the needs and fulfil the rights … Read more

Serious harms in care report to remain unpublished

The national statutory body for child safeguarding has refused to publish a report which analysed 48 separate incidents where children in care died or were seriously harmed (see its headline findings below). Thirty organisations, including Article 39, wrote to the Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel at the end of April, requesting that … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – June 2022

According to government data, there were 473,255 children in England with education health and care (EHC) plans in January 2022, representing an increase of 9.9% on the previous year and continuing a trend of year-on-year increases since 2010. Complaints about local authority education and children’s services, many of them concerning EHC plan delays and other … Read more

Care review urges major reorganisation of children’s social care

The children’s social care review has today (23 May) published its final report, making over 70 recommendations including the axing of independent reviewing officers and the creation of around 20 new regional bodies (called Regional Care Cooperatives – RCCs) across England to run and set up new fostering services, children’s homes and secure care, as … Read more

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