Children’s rights legal digest – February 2022

In this issue, we take a closer look at a November 2021 decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman which found a local authority had failed to accommodate a child under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, breaching statutory guidance and its own local guidance for social workers. The Ombudsman accepted the … Read more

High Court to hear children in care discrimination claim

In a two-day hearing starting today (8 February), the High Court will be told that the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, has irrationally discriminated against children in care aged 16 and 17 by making secondary legislation which only protects children aged 15 and under. Lawyers acting for a small children’s rights charity, Article … Read more

Delegation of care experienced people petitions Prime Minister

A delegation of adults who were in care as children will this afternoon (1st February, 4pm) petition Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to rectify a recent change to the law which will cause lasting damage to the lives of vulnerable 16- and 17-year-olds in care. Handing over a petition signed by more than 10,700 care … Read more