Care review urges major reorganisation of children’s social care

The children’s social care review has today (23 May) published its final report, making over 70 recommendations including the axing of independent reviewing officers and the creation of around 20 new regional bodies (called Regional Care Cooperatives – RCCs) across England to run and set up new fostering services, children’s homes and secure care, as … Read more

High Court rules there was no discrimination in age-based legal protection for children in care 

The High Court has this afternoon (16 March 2022) handed down its judgment on controversial secondary legislation which protects children in care aged 15 and under but not those aged 16 and 17. It has rejected all three grounds of Article 39’s claim: that the Education Secretary irrationally discriminated against 16 and 17 year-olds; that … Read more

High Court to hear children in care discrimination claim

In a two-day hearing starting today (8 February), the High Court will be told that the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, has irrationally discriminated against children in care aged 16 and 17 by making secondary legislation which only protects children aged 15 and under. Lawyers acting for a small children’s rights charity, Article … Read more

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

G4S to continue running child prison despite serious child protection failings

The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has responded to the urgent notification issued in respect of G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre by Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission last month. His letter to Ofsted’s Chief Inspector describes the serious concerns raised by the inspectorates as “deeply troubling” and says the failures … Read more