Government must accept its parental duties, and fast

In responding today (2 February 2023) to the MacAlister review of children’s social care, whose final report was published in May 2022, the Department for Education has issued two consultation documents – one setting out the government’s strategy for reforming children’s social care, the other seeking feedback on the government’s draft National Framework for Children’s … Read more

Law should require government to properly maintain children’s care system

As we await the publication of the government’s strategy for children’s social care, and in response to the Department for Education’s media release, a short statement from Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director: “It’s absolutely right that the care system must emulate, at every turn, what makes children thrive in loving families. Right now, we have … Read more

Care means having someone regularly around and being loved and protected, teenage survey reveals

A major dispute between children’s rights advocates and the Department for Education over the meaning and importance of care could be resolved if ministers would listen and act on the views of 16 and 17 year-olds, campaigners say. An online survey undertaken by the children’s rights charity Article 39, as part of the national #KeepCaringTo18 … Read more

Permission refused for Article 39 to take care discrimination challenge to Court of Appeal

Article 39 children’s rights charity is bitterly disappointed to share the news that our application to take our legal challenge against discriminatory legislation to the Court of Appeal has been refused.  In March this year, we lost our High Court challenge against secondary legislation introduced by the Department for Education which requires local authorities to … Read more