BME children “substantially more likely” to be in custody

Ofsted’s assessment of the backgrounds and placements of children in care shows that those from Black and minority ethnic communities are “substantially more likely” to be locked up. 41% of the 453 ‘looked after’ children held in secure units or prisons on 31 March 2014 were from Black and minority ethnic communities. Children from Black … Read more

Win for child protection: huge child prison axed

The prisons minister, Andrew Selous, has confirmed in an answer to a parliamentary question that the government will not be pressing ahead with building a huge child prison in Leicestershire. Legislation was passed last year that would have permitted the detention of children aged 12-17 years in ‘secure colleges’ – large prisons staffed by custody … Read more

1 in 5 children in care and care leavers has used an advocate

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has published its first ‘State of the Nation’ report, which gives the results of its national survey with children in care and care leavers. One aspect of the survey focuses on children and young people’s knowledge and use of independent advocates. These are individuals working independently of … Read more

Supreme Court rules on benefits for disabled children in hospital

The Supreme Court has ruled that the human rights of three-year-old Cameron Mathieson were violated when the Department for Work and Pensions took away his disability living allowance (DLA) benefit after he had been in hospital for 84 days. Cameron had cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, among other medical conditions. In July 2010, aged … Read more

Another child dies in prison

Article 39 is deeply saddened to hear that another child has died in prison. The Youth Justice Board, which allocates children to prison places, reported the death yesterday. The boy was found in his cell at Cookham Wood young offender institution early Saturday morning. The Board’s statement says there is presently “no indication” the child … Read more