Sad day for children’s rights

Members of Parliament on the Committee scrutinising the Children and Social Work Bill have voted to allow the exemption clauses back in. These will allow individual councils to be excused from any number of legal duties towards vulnerable children and young people for up to six years. The Children’s Minister repeated today that the purpose … Read more Sad day for children’s rights

Children’s legal protection under threat

This Tuesday (10 January), Members of Parliament on the Public Bill Committee considering the Children and Social Work Bill will be asked by the Government to reinstate its power to break up children’s law. The House of Lords deleted this part of the Bill on 8 November 2016. The Government’s plan was to hand the … Read more Children’s legal protection under threat

Two-year limit urged on legal change to secure accommodation

Article 39 is supporting an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill, which would force a review of expected changes to the law on placing looked after children in secure accommodation in Scotland. Since the introduction of secure units more than 30 years ago, the law has required that looked after children only be … Read more Two-year limit urged on legal change to secure accommodation