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  • Children’s rights legal digest – September 2021
    In this issue, we focus on a decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning multiple failings by a council in its care of a looked after child, called ‘D’ in this decision. Because of the failings, D lost a total of 17 months of suitable education, he lost the opportunity to … Read more
  • Children’s protections in custody must be reinstated
    Article 39 and The Howard League for Penal Reform have today (3 September) written to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland.
  • 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
  • Children’s rights legal digest – August 2021
    In late July, the Supreme Court ruled on the use of the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in cases where a local authority seeks authorisation to deprive a child of their liberty in accommodation that has not been approved for this purpose. The case was brought by T, a young woman whose deprivation of … Read more
  • Children’s Minister fails to provide reassurance about care review process
    Article 39 children’s rights charity wrote to the Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, last month seeking reassurance that the usual democratic processes will be followed should the children’s social care review recommend changes to legislation. The letter was sent after the review’s chair, Josh MacAlister, was asked in a podcast interview why all aspects of children’s … Read more
  • Child welfare and refugee groups implore Education Secretary to protect unaccompanied children
    Article 39 has joined scores of other organisations in urging the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to take immediate action to protect children arriving in the UK on boats. A joint letter, signed by around 70 organisations, was sent to Gavin Williamson yesterday afternoon (29 July) amid reports that the Minister had authorised the Home Office … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – July 2021
    This important decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerns a complaint made by a care experienced young woman about the council’s failure to protect her from harm when she suffered “significant and repeated incidents of abuse” during her time in care. The handling of her complaint by the council was so … Read more
  • Article 39 seeks transparency over market study on children’s social care
    Article 39 has today (7 July 2021) submitted a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office following the Competition and Market Authority’s refusal to release correspondence it had with the following public authorities before it launched its market study on children’s social care earlier this year: Department for Education Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review, … Read more
  • Care review questions future of children’s residential care and backs government plans on unregulated accommodation
    The children’s social care review has today (17 June) published its first report, ‘The Case for Change’ together with a summary for children and young people. Indicating fundamental change to how children’s social care is organised, provided and regulated, the report urges far greater support for families (through what it calls Family Help), increased use … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – June 2021
    The High Court judgment we summarise below examines the scope of the powers local authorities have with respect to children who are looked after under a care order. Importantly, as the two cases jointly heard by the High Court considered local authorities’ duties in the context of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS), the judgment … Read more