Children’s residential care review

Article 39 has submitted to the Children’s residential care review, which issued a call for evidence at the end of October 2015. We urge the Review to vigorously defend the rights and safeguards that have evolved for children and young people in care over the past 25 years, and underline the leading role played by … Read more

Sexual abuse in child custody and residential schools

The Goddard Inquiry has announced that the sexual abuse of children in custodial institutions, and the sexual abuse of children in residential schools, will form two of its first 12 investigations. The scope of the custodial investigation is summarised as follows: “The Inquiry will investigate the nature and extent of, and institutional responses to, the … Read more

Two reports emphasise the risks (and realities) of rights violations

Two reports released yesterday underline the risks of rights violations in institutional settings. The first, a leaked report obtained by the BBC, tells of a 17 year-old disabled girl who was living in a residential health setting in Plymouth. She was sedated and flown to an adult setting in Dundee, as she approached her 18th … Read more

BASW raises concerns about residential care review

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has expressed concern about the review of residential care, announced by the Prime Minister last week. It questions why such a review is required, since a parliamentary inquiry was undertaken on children’s homes in 2013. Social workers “find it hard not to see this latest announcement as anything … Read more

Charity Commission investigates Hampshire residential school

The Charity Commission has announced today that it has launched a statutory inquiry into the way in which trustees at Stanbridge Earls School Trust oversaw the safeguarding of vulnerable children. The charitable trust ran the Stanbridge Earls day and boarding school for disabled children and adults, aged from 10 to 20 years. The Hampshire school … Read more