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 Views of care experienced people sought by the government

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

Care for all children in care

Article 39 is working with other charities and social work experts to press for all children in care (up to age 18) to receive care. Current government plans only guarantee this to age 16. UPDATE, 27 February: we have received data from the Department for Education in response to our freedom of information request. See … Read more Care for all children in care

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 Government’s plans for children in care seriously disappointing

Children in care in “other arrangements”

Serious concerns about children in care living in unsafe and unsuitable accommodation are growing after BBC Newsnight recently reported over 5,000 teenagers are living in unregulated accommodation – up 70% from a decade ago. Several police forces were cited in the programme as having provided alarming evidence to a parliamentary group – of children in … Read more Children in care in “other arrangements”