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  • Article 39 threatens legal action to protect teenagers in care
    Article 39 children’s rights charity has today (29 April) formally written to the government threatening legal action to protect the rights of 16 and 17 year-old children in care. In February, the Department for Education announced the outcome of its consultation on the use of unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers. This … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – April 2021
    Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been incorporated into English law under the Human Rights Act 1998, states that everyone has the right to liberty and can only be deprived of this in limited circumstances and subject to strict legal procedures. Not having arbitrary restrictions placed on your movement is … Read more
  • Article 39’s current approach to the children’s social care review
    Along with many others, Article 39 pressed for an independent care review. We welcomed the Conservative Party’s 2019 general election manifesto commitment to review the care system. Last year, Article 39 staff and Trustees agreed that work on the review would be a strategic priority for us. We will therefore submit evidence to the review, but … Read more
  • Children’s social care review cannot secure extra government funding for children and families, contract reveals
    In January, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that Josh MacAlister would lead a once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care. The Minister said, “This review will be bold, wide-ranging and will not shy away from exposing problems where they exist”.  The Department for Education’s media release described this as an independent review. … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – March 2021
    In February, the European Court of Human Rights awarded damages to two victims of trafficking whose human rights were breached by the UK. The Courtdecided unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 4 (prohibition of forced labour) and Article 6(1) (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights, when … Read more
  • 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
  • Children’s rights legal digest – February 2021
    In December 2020, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found a local authority at fault for failing to properly assess, plan and support a 15-year-old boy, S, in preparation for and following his release from custody. Inadequate and delayed assessment and planning prevented S’s early release, which unnecessarily extended his time in custody, … Read more
  • Social work and child law experts express their “deep concern” about government’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ review
    A joint letter, signed by 27 organisations and over 100 individuals with substantial experience of children and families social work, has been sent to the Secretary of State for Education today (5 February). The letter raises concerns over the independence of the chair of the recently announced once-in-a-generation review of children’s social care, the review’s … Read more
  • Use of pain-inducing restraint increases in child prisons
    Annual statistics showing the number of children in England and Wales entering prisons and secure children’s homes, and some of their experiences there, have been published today (28 January). These show a significant rise in the overall use of pain-inducing restraint techniques since last year: Up to the year ending March 2020, the thumb flexion, … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – January 2021
    While the Southwark judgment and the resulting statutory guidance clarified the legal duties of local authorities in supporting 16 and 17-year-olds who are homeless, practice remains varied across the country. Last year, research by Just for Kids Law found that many 16 and 17 year-olds continue to be accommodated under Section 17 of the Children … Read more