Ministers use COVID-19 to destroy children’s safeguards

A statutory instrument published this afternoon makes unprecedented changes to regulations (secondary legislation) relating to the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people. The changes to 10 sets of regulations come into force tomorrow (24 April 2020), and are due to expire on 25 September 2020 – though this expiry date can be … Read more

Unregulated provision – public consultation will be “fundamentally flawed” without meaningful consultation with children and young people

The Department for Education is undertaking a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers. The original deadline was 8 April 2020. Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic, 91 organisations and individuals wrote to Children’s Minister Vicky Ford MP asking her to postpone the consultation. The consultation was … Read more

Concern over suspension of rights safeguard

Last week, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) announced it was “suspending complaints enquiries of councils and care providers’ in light of the Coronavirus outbreak”. The Ombudsman, Michael King, stated that “we still expect local authorities and care providers to respond appropriately to any complaints they receive during this time”. However, he has … Read more