Article 39 and others urge withdrawal of ‘myth busting’ guidance on care system

Article 39 has joined forces with 49 other organisations and social work experts to urge the withdrawal of sections of a new ‘myth busting’ guide published on the Children’s Social Care Innovation site. The full text of the joint letter to the Minister for Children and Families is below. Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director, said: … Read more

Defending children’s social care rights

Article 39 is one of 31 organisations opposing the exemption clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill, which will allow the removal of council’s statutory duties towards vulnerable children and care leavers area-by-area. More than 140 individual experts, including many parents and carers of disabled children, are also calling for the exemption clauses to … Read more

Care leavers need more support, say MPs

The Communities and Local Government Committee of MPs issued its report on homelessness today. It urges improvements in how the Government collects data on homelessness, noting that official statistics estimated there were 940 people sleeping rough in London, compared with CHAIN’s (a multi-agency database) calculation of 8,096 in 2015/16. MPs highlight that one in four … Read more

Children and Social Work Bill – gains and serious threats

New legislation concerning children’s social care rights was introduced into Parliament last week. Debate and scrutiny starts in the Lords on 14 June. Many aspects of the Children and Social Work Bill, once enacted, will have a direct effect on children living in institutions, and care leavers. Below we summarise key elements, and highlight the … Read more