House of Commons debates the loss of children’s safeguards

On 10 June 2020, seven weeks after the government removed or diluted 65 safeguards for children in care without prior public consultation or time allowed for parliamentary scrutiny, the Labour Party led a vote against the radical changes. Labour’s motion was to annul (withdraw) The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument 445). … Read more

Legal action launched to protect children in care

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has today (5 June) applied to the High Court for a judicial review of changes made to children’s social care law by the Department for Education. This was done without any public consultation or time given for parliamentary scrutiny and debate.  We are raising funds to help our legal action. … Read more

65 safeguards removed or diluted overnight

More than a month after Statutory Instrument 445 – The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – made around 100 changes to 10 sets of children’s social care regulations, the government has still not published a full list of the safeguards removed or diluted. These changes were laid before Parliament on 23 April 2020 … Read more

Views of care experienced people sought by the government

The Department for Education has extended its deadline for care experienced people to share their views and experiences of unregulated accommodation. The new deadline is 23 June 2020. Article 39 strongly encourages those who have ever lived in unregulated accommodation to contribute to this consultation. We have worked with others in our #KeepCaringTo18 campaign steering … Read more

Article 39 threatens legal action over loss of legal protections for children in care

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has today (7 May) formally threatened legal action against the Department for Education, if it does not withdraw a statutory instrument which makes sweeping changes to safeguards for children in care in England. The letter before action claims the government has acted unlawfully in its failure to consult on the … Read more