Children’s rights legal digest – February 2021

In December 2020, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found a local authority at fault for failing to properly assess, plan and support a 15-year-old boy, S, in preparation for and following his release from custody. Inadequate and delayed assessment and planning prevented S’s early release, which unnecessarily extended his time in custody, … Read more

Use of pain-inducing restraint increases in child prisons

Annual statistics showing the number of children in England and Wales entering prisons and secure children’s homes, and some of their experiences there, have been published today (28 January). These show a significant rise in the overall use of pain-inducing restraint techniques since last year: Up to the year ending March 2020, the thumb flexion, … Read more

Kent Church threatens legal action to protect children from solitary confinement

A Kent church is calling for the Ministry of Justice to immediately end the illegal solitary confinement of children in Rainsbrook secure training centre otherwise they will seek such protection from the High Court. “Children have been locked in solitary confinement for up to 23½ hours a day. No child should be locked up unlawfully … Read more

Review calls for ban of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice has today published a review of pain-inducing restraint which is authorised for use on children as young as 10 during their journeys to and from custodial institutions, and within child prisons. The review, led by the former Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Charlie Taylor, was set up after legal action … Read more

Joint call for safe release of child prisoners

Earlier this month, Article 39 and others wrote to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP urging the release of children from prison wherever possible. Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director, said: “Children need to be with their families or in care settings where their health and well-being can be secured and their fears and questions answered. … Read more