Children’s rights legal digest – July 2021

This important decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerns a complaint made by a care experienced young woman about the council’s failure to protect her from harm when she suffered “significant and repeated incidents of abuse” during her time in care. The handling of her complaint by the council was so … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – June 2021

The High Court judgment we summarise below examines the scope of the powers local authorities have with respect to children who are looked after under a care order. Importantly, as the two cases jointly heard by the High Court considered local authorities’ duties in the context of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS), the judgment … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – May 2021

In this issue we take a closer look at a recent decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning a council’s handling of a statutory complaint made by B, a care leaver, about his local authority’s failure to support him. We use the LGSCO’s decision as an opportunity to highlight the rights … Read more

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