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  • 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
  • Charities call for councils to be allowed to run new secure children’s homes
    Article 39 and the National Association for Youth Justice are supporting an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would allow local authorities to establish and maintain a new form of secure children’s home, and would also prohibit profit-making companies from running this type of establishment. The amendment has been tabled by … Read more
  • Consultation on care-less standards published
    The Department for Education has today (24 May) launched an eight week consultation on standards for unregulated accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17. The standards deliberately omit any requirement to provide care to children. The draft care-less standards follow yesterday’s shocking revelations in the Mail on Sunday that there were nearly 1,300 … Read more
  • Legal action launched to protect teenagers in care
    Article 39 children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Department for Education. This states that children in care must always live in care settings – but only to the age of 15.   This legal change, due to come into force in September 2021, will … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – May 2021
    In this issue we take a closer look at a recent decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning a council’s handling of a statutory complaint made by B, a care leaver, about his local authority’s failure to support him. We use the LGSCO’s decision as an opportunity to highlight the rights … Read more
  • 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