Children’s rights legal digest – January 2022

This month, we look at a recent (November 2021) High Court judgment which considered the scope of local authority powers in relation to arranging and consenting to COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for children in care whose parents oppose these vaccines. The judgment contains a useful analysis of Section 33 of the Children Act 1989 (effect … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – December 2021

This year we have dedicated four issues of our children’s rights legal digest to landmark judgments that have strengthened the protection of children’s rights in England. This last one, the ‘Gillick judgment’ was a successful appeal brought by the Department of Health and Social Security (as the Department of Health and Social Care was then … Read more

Children’s rights considerations now officially part of the care review

The Children’s Social Care Review has agreed to sector-wide calls to conduct a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) ahead of issuing its recommendations to government. CRIAs are an essential mechanism to help ensure that government policy, legislation and budgeting are consistent with international children’s rights standards. Within government, they are a tool used by civil … Read more