Article 39 has obtained a report from the Department for Education containing devastating information about children dying and suffering serious harm in care in England. The Department for Education had refused to release the report for nearly two years, and was ordered to do so after Article 39 won an information rights tribunal case last … Read more
The law changes on Saturday 28 October 2023, but it leaves thousands of children in care without care where they live. Find out more here, and meet the people leading a national campaign to fix this.
Article 39 is delighted that the Department for Education is consulting on a revised set of national standards for children and young people’s advocacy services in England. The consultation runs until 18 December 2023. You can find our summary of the key changes, and other areas for improvement, here.
The First-Tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber (Information Rights) has ruled that the Department for Education must release a report to Article 39, which analyses 48 separate incidents where children in care died or suffered serious harm (judgment here). The report was produced by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, and shared with the Department for … Read more
A Ministry of Justice policy document published last week, effective from February 2024, for the first time instructs staff working in child prisons that they “are not permitted to use restraint techniques which deliberately cause pain”. When the policy is finally implemented, it will be nearly two decades since the death of 14 year-old Adam Rickwood at … Read more