450 children died in care in decade to 2021

The Times newspaper reported this week (7 August) that 450 children looked after by local authorities died in the decade to 2021. 50 of the children were aged 16 or 17 and living in unregulated accommodation at the time of their deaths. In a comment piece in response, Article 39’s Director Carolyne Willow criticised the … Read more

Parliament to debate Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children

A debate is to be held in Parliament today (7 June) on the Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children in hotels, led by Scottish National Party MP Deirdre Brock. With the agreement of the Department for Education, the Home Office began housing unaccompanied children in hotels in July 2021. The Children Act 1989 unequivocally places … Read more

Teenagers across England asked: “what does care mean to you?”

Today, the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign group launches a call to action for 16 and 17 year-olds living in England. The campaign group wants to know what care looks and feels like to 16 and 17 year-olds, to help influence government policy. The views of all 16 and 17 year-olds are sought no matter where in England … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – April 2022

This month, we examine the unsuccessful judicial review brought by Article 39 against the Secretary of State for Education which relates to the changes introduced by The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The 2021 Regulations amended The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, making it unlawful for … Read more

High Court gives go-ahead for discrimination claim to protect teenagers in care

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which provides that children in care in England must always live in regulated settings where they receive day-to-day care from adults – but only to the age of 15. Article 39 children’s rights charity … Read more