Minister urged not to weaken children and young people’s legal protections

With 27 other organisations and 15 social work experts, Article 39 has written to the Minister in charge of children’s social care, Nadhim Zahawi MP, to urge him not to accept five recommendations in the fostering stocktake The fostering stocktake was undertaken by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers. They made 36 recommendations in total, … Read more

Review of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing its authorisation of pain-inducing restraint by GEOAmey escort custody officers taking children to and from secure children’s homes and secure training centres. This follows our threat of legal action. Restraint techniques which deliberately inflict pain on children are banned in secure children’s homes. Yet escort custody officers employed by … Read more

Crowdfunder success!

Article 39 is delighted that our crowdfunder to legally challenge painful and unjustified restraint of children escorted to/from secure children’s homes has been successful. We raised over £10,000 days before our deadline! Had our initial target of £8,000 not been reached by the morning of 27 July, we would have been unable to collect any … Read more

We are fundraising to legally challenge unjustified restraint

Today Article 39 children’s rights charity launches a CrowdJustice appeal to try and raise enough funds to legally challenge painful and unjustified restraint on vulnerable children escorted to and from secure children’s homes. Escort custody officers working for the private firm GeoAmey have been trained and authorised to deliberately inflict pain on children during escorts … Read more