Call for government guidance to keep children safe in institutional settings

Article 39 has today (15 December 2021) published new research on allegations made against adults working in children’s institutional settings (boarding and residential schools, children’s homes, immigration detention, mental health inpatient units and prisons) in England between 2018/19 and 2020/21, and the action taken by local authorities. Awareness of child abuse within institutional settings has steadily grown … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – April 2021

Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been incorporated into English law under the Human Rights Act 1998, states that everyone has the right to liberty and can only be deprived of this in limited circumstances and subject to strict legal procedures. Not having arbitrary restrictions placed on your movement is … Read more

New report calls for urgent action to protect children’s rights in mental health settings

The number of children with a significant mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder, has increased dramatically over the past three years, and for many this has worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year over 3,500 children go to hospital because they do not receive the care they … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – November 2020

In late October, a High Court judge granted permission for a judicial review concerning the duties of local authorities towards children who are awaiting an age assessment. The case, brought on behalf of three children, centres on whether the local authority in question was trying to “side-step their duties” by failing to accommodate them under … Read more