Peers vote against government to allow councils to run new type of secure children’s home

Article 39 and the National Association of Youth Justice (NAYJ) are delighted that the House of Lords has voted to allow local authorities to run secure 16 to 19 Academies, a new type of secure children’s home which will also operate as an academy. Formerly known as secure schools, these new establishments will be registered … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – January 2022

This month, we look at a recent (November 2021) High Court judgment which considered the scope of local authority powers in relation to arranging and consenting to COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for children in care whose parents oppose these vaccines. The judgment contains a useful analysis of Section 33 of the Children Act 1989 (effect … Read more

Legal protections within child prisons to be reinstated in March

Article 39 and The Howard League for Penal Reform today (Thursday, 13 January) welcome the fact that new secondary legislation has been introduced that ends the curtailment of critical legal protections to people in prison, including children, that were imposed early on in the pandemic. Legislation rushed through in May and June 2020 permitted the cutting back of basic rights to visits, … Read more