Article 39’s current approach to the children’s social care review

Along with many others, Article 39 pressed for an independent care review. We welcomed the Conservative Party’s 2019 general election manifesto commitment to review the care system. Last year, Article 39 staff and Trustees agreed that work on the review would be a strategic priority for us. We will therefore submit evidence to the review, but … Read more

Children’s social care review cannot secure extra government funding for children and families, contract reveals

In January, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that Josh MacAlister would lead a once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care. The Minister said, “This review will be bold, wide-ranging and will not shy away from exposing problems where they exist”.  The Department for Education’s media release described this as an independent review. … Read more

Education Secretary gives green light to two-tier care system

The Department for Education has today (19 February) published its plans for dealing with unregulated accommodation for children in care. It follows a public consultation launched a year ago after a scathing BBC Newsnight investigation which ran from 2019. A year ago, in response to action from a coroner to prevent future deaths of 16 … Read more

Social work and child law experts express their “deep concern” about government’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ review

A joint letter, signed by 27 organisations and over 100 individuals with substantial experience of children and families social work, has been sent to the Secretary of State for Education today (5 February). The letter raises concerns over the independence of the chair of the recently announced once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care, the review’s … Read more

Use of pain-inducing restraint increases in child prisons

Annual statistics showing the number of children in England and Wales entering prisons and secure children’s homes, and some of their experiences there, have been published today (28 January). These show a significant rise in the overall use of pain-inducing restraint techniques since last year: Up to the year ending March 2020, the thumb flexion, … Read more