Education Secretary gives green light to two-tier care system

The Department for Education has today (19 February) published its plans for dealing with unregulated accommodation for children in care. It follows a public consultation launched a year ago after a scathing BBC Newsnight investigation which ran from 2019. A year ago, in response to action from a coroner to prevent future deaths of 16 … Read more

Views of care experienced people sought by the government

The Department for Education has extended its deadline for care experienced people to share their views and experiences of unregulated accommodation. The new deadline is 23 June 2020. Article 39 strongly encourages those who have ever lived in unregulated accommodation to contribute to this consultation. We have worked with others in our #KeepCaringTo18 campaign steering … Read more

Unregulated provision – public consultation will be “fundamentally flawed” without meaningful consultation with children and young people

The Department for Education is undertaking a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers. The original deadline was 8 April 2020. Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic, 91 organisations and individuals wrote to Children’s Minister Vicky Ford MP asking her to postpone the consultation. The consultation was … Read more

Government’s plans for children in care seriously disappointing

The Department for Education has today announced a public consultation on its plans for children in care who are placed in unregulated accommodation by local authorities. Staff who work in such accommodation are not legally permitted to provide care to children; they may only provide support. Government proposals include: A ban on under 16 year-olds … Read more