Parliamentary probe about serious child abuse in Derbyshire hospital

The Government has confirmed that no decision has yet been taken about a serious case review into allegations of very serious child abuse in Aston Hall hospital, in Derbyshire, across the 1960s and ’70s. An investigation by the Derby Telegraph newspaper led to 39 former patients, many of them children at the time, going public … Read more

Government names first three safeguards to be “exempt”

The Children and Social Work Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Lords last night. Fifteen Peers expressed concerns about Clause 15 of the Bill, which introduces a fast-track process for removing rights and safeguards which Lord Warner explained “have built up over many years—indeed, over many decades”. During his closing of the … Read more

UN Committee on Rights of Child gives its verdict on UK

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued its verdict on the UK’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Committee expresses serious concern about the deleterious impact of fiscal policies on children and the high rate of child poverty in the UK, and says children who are … Read more

Radical changes to children’s social care – threats explained

Article 39 has briefed Peers on the grave threats to children’s social care rights contained in the Children and Social Work Bill, which has Second Reading in the Lords on Tuesday 14 June. This is the start of its Parliamentary passage. There has been no public consultation on the radical changes to children’s social care … Read more