Category: Child protection

Article 39 urges greater focus on child’s wishes and feelings

In its response to the government’s consultation on statutory safeguarding guidance, Article 39 urges “much greater prominence to independent advocacy” as a means of ensuring children’s wishes and feelings are known, understood and valued. We advocate the following additions to the guidance: Local authorities should be required to produce age appropriate information to children and…

Review of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing its authorisation of pain-inducing restraint by GEOAmey escort custody officers taking children to and from secure children’s homes and secure training centres. This follows our threat of legal action. Restraint techniques which deliberately inflict pain on children are banned in secure children’s homes. Yet escort custody officers employed by…

Article 39 calls for government guidance on responding to institutional child abuse allegations

Article 39 has today published a briefing on the results of our pioneering research on allegations made against adults working in children’s institutional settings between 2012 and 2015, and the action taken by local authorities. 53 councils were notified of 2,479 allegations against adults working with children in institutions across this three-year period. We make…

G4S back under the spotlight

Last night (4 September), BBC Panorama broadcast disturbing footage of adults being subjected to physical, emotional and psychological abuse in Brook House immigration removal centre at Gatwick Airport, London. Nine G4S officers have been suspended. G4S continues to run the centre. The abuse scandal follows a similar exposé of serious mistreatment in a child prison,…