Article 39 seeks transparency over market study on children’s social care

Article 39 has today (7 July 2021) submitted a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office following the Competition and Market Authority’s refusal to release correspondence it had with the following public authorities before it launched its market study on children’s social care earlier this year: Department for Education Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review, … Read more

Care review questions future of children’s residential care and backs government plans on unregulated accommodation

The children’s social care review has today (17 June) published its first report, ‘The Case for Change’ together with a summary for children and young people. Indicating fundamental change to how children’s social care is organised, provided and regulated, the report urges far greater support for families (through what it calls Family Help), increased use … Read more

Charities call for councils to be allowed to run new secure children’s homes

Article 39 and the National Association for Youth Justice are supporting an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would allow local authorities to establish and maintain a new form of secure children’s home, and would also prohibit profit-making companies from running this type of establishment. The amendment has been tabled by … Read more

Consultation on care-less standards published

The Department for Education has today (24 May) launched an eight week consultation on standards for unregulated accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17. The standards deliberately omit any requirement to provide care to children. The draft care-less standards follow yesterday’s shocking revelations in the Mail on Sunday that there were nearly 1,300 … Read more

Legal action launched to protect teenagers in care

Article 39 children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Department for Education. This states that children in care must always live in care settings – but only to the age of 15.   This legal change, due to come into force in September 2021, will … Read more