Peers urged to protect children from dangerous and cruel Illegal Migration Bill

Alongside other children’s rights and social work organisations, Article 39 is urging Peers to reject clauses in the Illegal Migration Bill which give the Home Office unprecedented powers to take desperately vulnerable children out of the child welfare system. The Illegal Migration Bill reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords this afternoon (28 June). … Read more

Parliament to debate Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children

A debate is to be held in Parliament today (7 June) on the Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children in hotels, led by Scottish National Party MP Deirdre Brock. With the agreement of the Department for Education, the Home Office began housing unaccompanied children in hotels in July 2021. The Children Act 1989 unequivocally places … Read more

Family court asked to protect unaccompanied children

Article 39 was in the High Court (Family Division) last Friday (24 March) seeking the court’s protection for unaccompanied children who have gone missing from a hotel run by the Home Office in Brighton and Hove. Through these proceedings, we are asking the family court to consider making individual children a ward of court, a … Read more