Sad day for children’s rights

Members of Parliament on the Committee scrutinising the Children and Social Work Bill have voted to allow the exemption clauses back in. These will allow individual councils to be excused from any number of legal duties towards vulnerable children and young people for up to six years. The Children’s Minister repeated today that the purpose … Read more

Two-year limit urged on legal change to secure accommodation

Article 39 is supporting an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill, which would force a review of expected changes to the law on placing looked after children in secure accommodation in Scotland. Since the introduction of secure units more than 30 years ago, the law has required that looked after children only be … Read more

Updated briefing on Children and Social Work Bill

Following last week’s revelations that LaingBuisson has advised Ministers on how to achieve “whole system” outsourcing in children’s social care, we have updated our briefing for Members of Parliament. MPs debate the Children and Social Work Bill for the first time this afternoon. Our updated briefing summarises the LaingBuisson advice and highlights the possible links … Read more

Secret report on future of children’s services finally published

After a two-year delay, the Department for Education (DfE) has published the report it commissioned from LaingBuisson and Cobic, which sets out how children’s social care services can be moved out of local authority control. The DfE Advisory Panel, consisting of Professor Julian Le Grand, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics; Alan Wood, then … Read more