Children’s rights legal digest – November 2021

In this issue, we focus on a recent High Court judgment relating to local authorities’ duties under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 towards children and young people awaiting the outcome of an age assessment. The High Court found the local authority’s refusal to accommodate three putative children unlawful, dismissing the local authority’s claim … Read more

Campaigners urge care review chair to acknowledge importance of care

Members of the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign steering group have written to Josh MacAlister, chair of England’s children’s social care review, expressing “deep concern” about the review’s recent failure to “accurately communicate” what campaigners are pressing for in respect of children in care aged 16 and 17. The campaigners ask for a meeting with the review chair … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – October 2021

This year we are dedicating four issues of our children’s rights legal digest to landmark judgments that have strengthened the protection of children’s rights in England. This month we revisit a successful judicial review brought by the Howard League for Penal Reform which confirmed that children in custody are entitled to the protections guaranteed in … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – September 2021

In this issue, we focus on a decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning multiple failings by a council in its care of a looked after child, called ‘D’ in this decision. Because of the failings, D lost a total of 17 months of suitable education, he lost the opportunity to … Read more

High Court gives go-ahead for discrimination claim to protect teenagers in care

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which provides that children in care in England must always live in regulated settings where they receive day-to-day care from adults – but only to the age of 15. Article 39 children’s rights charity … Read more