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

GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS ‘MYTH BUSTING’ DOCUMENT AFTER LEGAL CHALLENGE

The Department for Education has withdrawn a controversial document about council duties to vulnerable children and young people, after Article 39 launched an application for judicial review. The so-called ‘myth busting’ guide advised local authorities that they are legally permitted to reduce and remove support from children in long-term foster care, children who run away … Read more GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS ‘MYTH BUSTING’ DOCUMENT AFTER LEGAL CHALLENGE

Article 39 threatens legal action to protect vulnerable children

Article 39 has written to the Secretary of State for Education and government lawyers threatening a judicial review if a misleading document about local authority duties towards vulnerable children is not withdrawn. The document, produced by the Department for Education’s children’s social care innovation programme, claims to expose myths in common understandings of council legal … Read more Article 39 threatens legal action to protect vulnerable children

John Kemmis: a man children could always depend upon

It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of John Kemmis, who died with his family by his side yesterday afternoon. We also celebrate who John was, what he stood for and what he gave to children. Maria, 54, met John when she was 3 or 4 years-old and first went into care. … Read more John Kemmis: a man children could always depend upon

Government document tells councils they can bypass legal obligations

A document recently published by the Department for Education tells councils what they are allowed to do in respect of the care and protection of children and young people. It is published on the Children’s Social Care Innovation site. As we wait for responses to our freedom of information (FOI) requests – see below – … Read more Government document tells councils they can bypass legal obligations