Care Standards Act 2000 extended to supported accommodation for children in care

The Department for Education has today (18 July) laid secondary legislation before Parliament which adds supported accommodation to the list of services which are (to be) regulated under the Care Standards Act 2000. It is due to come into force on 8 August 2022. The secondary legislation does not provide a description of supported accommodation, … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – July 2022

In April 2022, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman published a decision about a council’s failings connected to payment of savings to two children who were previously in care. The complaint, made by a foster carer on behalf of two children she was looking after, was upheld. While the Ombudsman’s decision centred on the … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – April 2022

This month, we examine the unsuccessful judicial review brought by Article 39 against the Secretary of State for Education which relates to the changes introduced by The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The 2021 Regulations amended The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, making it unlawful for … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – March 2022

In this issue, we focus on a decision of the Upper Tribunal (August 2021) – responsible for dealing with appeals against decisions made by the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) – which concerned local authorities’ power to maintain an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan after a young person’s 25th birthday. We take … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – February 2022

In this issue, we take a closer look at a November 2021 decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman which found a local authority had failed to accommodate a child under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, breaching statutory guidance and its own local guidance for social workers. The Ombudsman accepted the … Read more