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 eight clauses, was removed from the legislation after sustained opposition by Article 39 … Read more Campaign success – Children and Social Work Act 2017

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 of the Child, which requires that … Read more Inquest into death of 16 year-old Daniel Adewole starts today

Anti-torture experts condemn mistreatment of children

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture yesterday released its analysis of how well the UK complies with the anti-torture treaty we ratified in 1988, in relation to both adult and child detainees. Committee members visited the UK last year. A child prison in Kent, Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI), was one of … Read more Anti-torture experts condemn mistreatment of children

No reduction in use of prison custody for children

Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board over the Easter break show 9 out of 10 children in custody continue to be held in prison environments. Data for 2016/17 shows 89% of children remanded or held in custody after sentencing were placed in either young offender institutions (YOIs) or secure … Read more No reduction in use of prison custody for children