Care review continues to back government on denial of care to 16 and 17 year-olds in care

The children’s social care review has today (13 October) published a document summing up the feedback it received on its interim report, The Case for Change, published mid-June 2021. A deadline of 13 August was given by the review for comments on that report. The introduction to today’s publication explains that it “reflects back what … Read more

Our heartfelt thanks to Luke and Oliver Kemmis

We are overjoyed that Luke and Oliver Kemmis have conquered the MARATHON DES SABLES 2021, a spectacular feat they undertook to raise funds for our small charity in honour of their father, John Kemmis, a children’s rights champion and social worker of 50 years. This video shows the brothers arriving at the finish line – … Read more

Article 39 vacancy

Could you provide our small team with excellent behind-the-scenes help? We have a little vacancy which could make a big difference to our work for children’s rights. Deadline for applications – 5 November 2021 4pm. More here.

Children’s Minister fails to provide reassurance about care review process

Article 39 children’s rights charity wrote to the Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, last month seeking reassurance that the usual democratic processes will be followed should the children’s social care review recommend changes to legislation. The letter was sent after the review’s chair, Josh MacAlister, was asked in a podcast interview why all aspects of children’s … Read more

Consultation on care-less standards published

The Department for Education has today (24 May) launched an eight week consultation on standards for unregulated accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17. The standards deliberately omit any requirement to provide care to children. The draft care-less standards follow yesterday’s shocking revelations in the Mail on Sunday that there were nearly 1,300 … Read more