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  • Children’s rights considerations now officially part of the care review
    The Children’s Social Care Review has agreed to sector-wide calls to conduct a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) ahead of issuing its recommendations to government. CRIAs are an essential mechanism to help ensure that government policy, legislation and budgeting are consistent with international children’s rights standards. Within government, they are a tool used by civil … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – November 2021
    In this issue, we focus on a recent High Court judgment relating to local authorities’ duties under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 towards children and young people awaiting the outcome of an age assessment. The High Court found the local authority’s refusal to accommodate three putative children unlawful, dismissing the local authority’s claim … Read more
  • G4S to continue running child prison despite serious child protection failings
    The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has responded to the urgent notification issued in respect of G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre by Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission last month. His letter to Ofsted’s Chief Inspector describes the serious concerns raised by the inspectorates as “deeply troubling” and says the failures … Read more
  • Campaigners urge care review chair to acknowledge importance of care
    Members of the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign steering group have written to Josh MacAlister, chair of England’s children’s social care review, expressing “deep concern” about the review’s recent failure to “accurately communicate” what campaigners are pressing for in respect of children in care aged 16 and 17. The campaigners ask for a meeting with the review chair … Read more
  • Children’s rights legal digest – October 2021
    This year we are dedicating four issues of our children’s rights legal digest to landmark judgments that have strengthened the protection of children’s rights in England. This month we revisit a successful judicial review brought by the Howard League for Penal Reform which confirmed that children in custody are entitled to the protections guaranteed in … Read more
  • Article 39 calls for inquiry and legal help for children, following abuse allegations at G4S child prison
    Article 39 has today (25 October 2021) written to the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, calling for an inquiry into the alleged abuse and human rights violations of children living in G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre. The move comes after a whistleblower contacted the charity last month, alleging: serious child abuse over a protracted period of … Read more
  • Care review continues to back government on denial of care to 16 and 17 year-olds in care
    The children’s social care review has today (13 October) published a document summing up the feedback it received on its interim report, The Case for Change, published mid-June 2021. A deadline of 13 August was given by the review for comments on that report. The introduction to today’s publication explains that it “reflects back what … Read more
  • Our heartfelt thanks to Luke and Oliver Kemmis
    We are overjoyed that Luke and Oliver Kemmis have conquered the MARATHON DES SABLES 2021, a spectacular feat they undertook to raise funds for our small charity in honour of their father, John Kemmis, a children’s rights champion and social worker of 50 years. This video shows the brothers arriving at the finish line – … Read more
  • Article 39 vacancy
    Could you provide our small team with excellent behind-the-scenes help? We have a little vacancy which could make a big difference to our work for children’s rights. Deadline for applications – 5 November 2021 4pm. More here.
  • 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