Care review questions future of children’s residential care and backs government plans on unregulated accommodation

The children’s social care review has today (17 June) published its first report, ‘The Case for Change’ together with a summary for children and young people. Indicating fundamental change to how children’s social care is organised, provided and regulated, the report urges far greater support for families (through what it calls Family Help), increased use … Read more

Article 39’s current approach to the children’s social care review

Along with many others, Article 39 pressed for an independent care review. We welcomed the Conservative Party’s 2019 general election manifesto commitment to review the care system. Last year, Article 39 staff and Trustees agreed that work on the review would be a strategic priority for us. We will therefore submit evidence to the review, but … Read more

Children’s social care review cannot secure extra government funding for children and families, contract reveals

In January, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that Josh MacAlister would lead a once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care. The Minister said, “This review will be bold, wide-ranging and will not shy away from exposing problems where they exist”.  The Department for Education’s media release described this as an independent review. … Read more

Social work and child law experts express their “deep concern” about government’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ review

A joint letter, signed by 27 organisations and over 100 individuals with substantial experience of children and families social work, has been sent to the Secretary of State for Education today (5 February). The letter raises concerns over the independence of the chair of the recently announced once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care, the review’s … Read more