Education Secretary gives green light to two-tier care system

The Department for Education has today (19 February) published its plans for dealing with unregulated accommodation for children in care. It follows a public consultation launched a year ago after a scathing BBC Newsnight investigation which ran from 2019. A year ago, in response to action from a coroner to prevent future deaths of 16 … Read more

Review of children’s social care launched

The government has today (15 January) announced the start of its review of children’s social care. Founder and Chief Executive of social work training charity Frontline, Josh MacAlister, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to chair the review. Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director, said: “We warmly welcome the review’s confirmation that … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – November 2020

In late October, a High Court judge granted permission for a judicial review concerning the duties of local authorities towards children who are awaiting an age assessment. The case, brought on behalf of three children, centres on whether the local authority in question was trying to “side-step their duties” by failing to accommodate them under … Read more

High Court agrees that lost safeguards are fundamental to children’s protection, but finds that the Department for Education acted lawfully due to the pandemic

In a judgment handed down today (7 August), the High Court finds that Article 39 was correct to warn that vital safeguards for children in care were removed or diluted overnight in April. However, the Department for Education was not found to have acted unlawfully. Article 39 is now seeking an urgent appeal of the … Read more